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Glimmerglass
Nov. 30, 2004, 10:34 AM
I have to admit as I have been reviewing again the Breeders' Cup preview DVD that the filly Sweet Catomine is wicked impressive ... I dare say more so then even her male counterparts.

A big, big girl who seems to know how to run the races - she isn't like say last year's Ruffian-esq Madcap Escape who loved speed from the word go - but rather she stalks then closes like the proverbial freight train.

Now comes this very bold article regarding what she could do:

Sweet Catomine is the early pick for the Derby
Pasadena Star News (CA) 11/30/04 (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~29580~2565839,00.html)

IT'S tough enough to pick who's going to run in the Kentucky Derby five months before the race, let alone predict who's going to win the Run for the Roses.

But you can take this to the bank Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine will be a serious threat to become the first filly to win the Derby since Winning Colors in 1988 if trainer Julio Canani elects to try the daughter of Storm Cat against the boys.

This was the first year Canani has started a juvenile in the Breeders' Cup. He's won the Mile twice, but never before did he feel he had a colt or filly worthy of running in the World Thoroughbred Championships.

That says something about Sweet Catomine. So, too, does the filly's monster 3 3/4-length victory over 11 rivals in the Juvenile Fillies last month at Lone Star Park. And consider this: The Juvenile winner, Wilko, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 two-fifths of a second slower than Sweet Catomine's 1:41 3/5.

Sprinkle in the fact that Sweet Catomine had to overcome trouble in the crowded field, and it all adds up to the fact that Canani, jockey Corey Nakatani and owners Martin and Pam Wygod could have one tough decision to make come the first Saturday in May.

Of course, we all thought that about Halfbridled last year. She looked so impressive in winning the Juvenile Fillies at Oak Tree, was a big, strong filly like Sweet Catomine, and had a Hall of Fame trainer in Richard Mandella.

The key is whether Sweet Catomine continues to improve early next year and stays healthy. If she does, and it's a big if considering how fragile these horses are, then Nakatani could be looking at his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

"I think she's the best 2-year-old in the country by far colts or fillies,' Nakatani said. "On Breeders' Cup day, if she was eligible to run in the Juvenile, she'd have won 500,000 more dollars. She's better than those colts.'

Why is everybody so high on this filly? Well, the Breeders' Cup wasn't the first time she's out-run the boys. When she won the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, she ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 4/5. The next day, the highly regarded Roman Ruler won the Norfolk Stakes for 2- year-old males in 1:44.

No, fast times don't always equate into greatness. But in this instance, with Sweet Catomine's size, royal bloodlines and penchant for winning by large margins, it only figures she's going to be something special if she continues to improve and avoids that old injury bugaboo.

"We'll see what happens at the beginning of this next year,' Nakatani said. "Obviously, she's going to move forward and go through the steppingstones, and if it happens that we go to the Derby with her ... (well) Julio and Mr. Wygod will make the decision.

"We'll have to weigh the options at that point. Most likely, if I think she's good enough, we'll go that way.'

A winner of three of four races lifetime she finished second in her 5 1/2-furlong career debut at Del Mar Sweet Catomine could give us all a thrill in 2005.

"She's unbelievable,' Nakatani said.

Glimmerglass
Nov. 30, 2004, 10:34 AM
I have to admit as I have been reviewing again the Breeders' Cup preview DVD that the filly Sweet Catomine is wicked impressive ... I dare say more so then even her male counterparts.

A big, big girl who seems to know how to run the races - she isn't like say last year's Ruffian-esq Madcap Escape who loved speed from the word go - but rather she stalks then closes like the proverbial freight train.

Now comes this very bold article regarding what she could do:

Sweet Catomine is the early pick for the Derby
Pasadena Star News (CA) 11/30/04 (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~29580~2565839,00.html)

IT'S tough enough to pick who's going to run in the Kentucky Derby five months before the race, let alone predict who's going to win the Run for the Roses.

But you can take this to the bank Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine will be a serious threat to become the first filly to win the Derby since Winning Colors in 1988 if trainer Julio Canani elects to try the daughter of Storm Cat against the boys.

This was the first year Canani has started a juvenile in the Breeders' Cup. He's won the Mile twice, but never before did he feel he had a colt or filly worthy of running in the World Thoroughbred Championships.

That says something about Sweet Catomine. So, too, does the filly's monster 3 3/4-length victory over 11 rivals in the Juvenile Fillies last month at Lone Star Park. And consider this: The Juvenile winner, Wilko, ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 two-fifths of a second slower than Sweet Catomine's 1:41 3/5.

Sprinkle in the fact that Sweet Catomine had to overcome trouble in the crowded field, and it all adds up to the fact that Canani, jockey Corey Nakatani and owners Martin and Pam Wygod could have one tough decision to make come the first Saturday in May.

Of course, we all thought that about Halfbridled last year. She looked so impressive in winning the Juvenile Fillies at Oak Tree, was a big, strong filly like Sweet Catomine, and had a Hall of Fame trainer in Richard Mandella.

The key is whether Sweet Catomine continues to improve early next year and stays healthy. If she does, and it's a big if considering how fragile these horses are, then Nakatani could be looking at his first victory in a Triple Crown race.

"I think she's the best 2-year-old in the country by far colts or fillies,' Nakatani said. "On Breeders' Cup day, if she was eligible to run in the Juvenile, she'd have won 500,000 more dollars. She's better than those colts.'

Why is everybody so high on this filly? Well, the Breeders' Cup wasn't the first time she's out-run the boys. When she won the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, she ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 4/5. The next day, the highly regarded Roman Ruler won the Norfolk Stakes for 2- year-old males in 1:44.

No, fast times don't always equate into greatness. But in this instance, with Sweet Catomine's size, royal bloodlines and penchant for winning by large margins, it only figures she's going to be something special if she continues to improve and avoids that old injury bugaboo.

"We'll see what happens at the beginning of this next year,' Nakatani said. "Obviously, she's going to move forward and go through the steppingstones, and if it happens that we go to the Derby with her ... (well) Julio and Mr. Wygod will make the decision.

"We'll have to weigh the options at that point. Most likely, if I think she's good enough, we'll go that way.'

A winner of three of four races lifetime she finished second in her 5 1/2-furlong career debut at Del Mar Sweet Catomine could give us all a thrill in 2005.

"She's unbelievable,' Nakatani said.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 8, 2005, 01:26 PM
I love it - no bubble wrap for this super filly, racing her as god intended http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Blood-Horse 1/8/04 "Sweet Catomine Set to Go, Rain or Shine" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26108)

Despite inclement weather and the likelihood of an "off" track, trainer Julio Canani said the daughter of Storm Cat owned by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod will run.

Sweet Catomine will be reunited with jockey David Flores, who rode the Kentucky-bred bay filly to a second-place finish in her debut at Del Mar July 31. Corey Nakatani, who was aboard in the Juvenile Fillies and for a four-length victory in the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 2, presently is serving a 30-day suspension.


Go Cat go!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Glimmerglass
Jan. 9, 2005, 01:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
Despite inclement weather and the likelihood of an "off" track, trainer Julio Canani said the daughter of Storm Cat owned by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod will run. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Even Canani couldn't have expected the continued downpouring that So. Cal has been hit with at Santa Anita - Sweet Catomine was scratched from the Santa Ysabel stakes this morning.

The conditions are horrible and at least one fell on the sealed track in an early race.

MDO
Jan. 9, 2005, 02:56 PM
Well, after the disappointment of Halfbridled (who I thought was the second coming of Ruffian), I will reserve judgement on Cat until after today...or maybe her next race. But wouldn't that be something, another filly winner of the KD after so long.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 9, 2005, 04:12 PM
MDO I don't think you'll be disappointed if you do wait until then - I know she'll put on a good show.

Point of correction: Santa Anita was cancelled - not just Sweet Catomine scratched (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26131). First time in 10 years the race course was forced to cancell all races after the 1st race. No word on when the G-3 Santa Ysabel will be rescheduled.

Very sad however was that "Unusual Sunrise" broke down [likely due to the conditions] in that first race that did get off http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Glimmerglass
Jan. 15, 2005, 05:14 PM
The cat returns tomorrow - Sunday 1/16 - for the rescheduled G-3 Santa Ysabel - as the odds on favorite http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I think I'm not alone in says she will destroy this field of five other fillies. As said best by a competitor:

"Sweet Catomine is probably unbeatable, but running second to her is not going to hurt," said trainer Bob Baffert, who supplemented Pussycat Doll to the race for $2,000.

DFR 1/15/05 "Sweet Catomine in season bow" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/62036.html)

"Horses should go forward, she's growing, and she's more mature," [Trainer Julio] Canani said. And she is still awfully fast. She worked three furlongs Thursday in 35 seconds, and earned the bullet for a 59.80 workout on Jan. 1.

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Glimmerglass
Jan. 16, 2005, 02:52 PM
Santa Anita - race 3 - Santa Ysabel Stakes: 1/16/05 (http://www.drf.com/results/16/rSA16.html?rn=696270#3)

Sweet Catomine with ease over the field

1 1/16 Miles.

1st Sweet Catomine - won in 1:43.47
2nd Pussycat Doll
3rd On London Time

The supercat was carrying 124 lbs to the others 115 lbs. I think she is ready for taking on the boys!

[edited for correct finishing time]

Painted Wings
Jan. 16, 2005, 03:31 PM
Here's the Bloodhorse article

http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26262

vineyridge
Jan. 16, 2005, 06:00 PM
If she can keep winning without a touch of Mr. Prospector anywhere, that can't help but be good for the breed.

MDO
Jan. 16, 2005, 08:58 PM
Yes it was definitely easy for her, but I want to see her do the same to some higher class fillies before I say 'ok, take on the boys'. Can't help being just a tad skeptical, the fillies who can wallop the best of the boys are few and far between. Would be great, though, if she's the one.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 17, 2005, 07:01 AM
From the Louisville Courier-Journal 1/17 "Sweet Catomine rolls in '05 debut " (http://www.courierjournal.com/cjsports/news2005/01/17/C6-race0117-4534.html)

"I don't want to be cocky, but I know what I've been doing with her, and there's more in the tank," trainer Julio Canani said. "There's a lot in the tank. She has really matured."

"She's just something else," [Jock, David] Flores said. "...I just kind of let her cruise down the lane."

Canani declined to talk about the Derby but said his filly likely will start next in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on Feb.12.

Sweet Catomine accounted for $478,383 of the $502,194 bet to place, and $101,861 of $143,393 wagered to win. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Timex
Jan. 17, 2005, 10:38 AM
owning a cousin to Catomine, i'm really looking forward to seeing what this mare can do. Should be interesting!

lizathenag
Jan. 18, 2005, 11:41 AM
I watched the race on ESPN2 this morning (staying home from work sick--honest). She looked pretty good. came between horses nicely. Beyer was 86 or something. Had the jockey with whom she lost her only start. Trainer said she was not 100% for the race. I am not sure what that meant.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 18, 2005, 03:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by lizathenag:
Trainer said she was not 100% for the race. I am not sure what that meant. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

With the very heavy rains in California, Sweet Catomine really hadn't had much of a chance to stretch her legs in a training program they would've liked. Thus her trainer said she wasn't only at about 70% of her true stregnth.

David Flores (the jock) was clearly told to not impress the grandstands with a blowout - she did only what she needed to do to win, plus learn yet another lesson about coping with traffic and to pace herself.

There is plenty more power on tap with her http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

lizathenag
Jan. 19, 2005, 02:38 PM
thanks for the explanation. I was afraid she was only 70% sound.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 27, 2005, 07:28 AM
Her taking on the boys before the Derby seems all the more likely http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Filly champ may test males

By BRAD FREE - DRF 1/25/05 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/62256.html)

ARCADIA, Calif. - The filly Sweet Catomine will be freshened until March before an ambitious campaign that may lead to an April 9 clash against males in the Santa Anita Derby.

Owner-breeder Marty Wygod mapped Sweet Catomine's springtime agenda Monday night in Beverly Hills, where she was named champion juvenile filly of 2004.

Wygod said Sweet Catomine will skip the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 12, and aim for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on March 13.

Wygod was asked where she would go next. "If she wins the Oaks, probably the Santa Anita Derby."

Of the 25 fillies who have started in the Santa Anita Derby, three have won - Winning Colors in 1988, Silver Spoon in 1959, and Ciencia in 1939. Winning Colors followed her Santa Anita Derby with a wire-to-wire victory in the Kentucky Derby.

Wygod is hopeful Sweet Catomine follows suit.

[snip]

"We don't want to run her too many times," Wygod said. "The Oaks is 54 days from the Santa Ysabel. To run in the [Las Virgenes] 26 days out, and come back and go in the Oaks, and then the Santa Anita Derby, and then if she's good enough, the Kentucky Derby, is too much. That would not be fair to her. Her next race is the Santa Anita Oaks."

Canani said Sweet Catomine might breeze a half-mile later this week. She resumed galloping on Monday.

"She's doing unbelievable; now she is in orbit," Canani said, adding that a start in the Santa Anita Derby could depend on "if there are no superstars coming up."

Glimmerglass
Feb. 3, 2005, 02:34 PM
<span class="ev_code_BLUE">The 2005 Kentucky Oaks website is loaded</span>

For anyone who hasn't seen Sweet Catomine run I would suggest checking out the videos on-line of the big gal! Oaks link to the Cat's stats, photos and videos (http://www.kentuckyoaks.com/2005/oaks_coverage/oaks_entrants/sweet_catomine/)

Lets hope they switch her over from the Oaks to the Derby http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Go baby Go!

Glimmerglass
Feb. 25, 2005, 02:07 PM
gulp! The super Cat might be taking on the boys earlier then expected http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The Blood-Horse 2/25/05 "Weather to Determine Sweet Catomine's Next Start" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26867)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Sweet Catomine, last year's juvenile filly champ, has been nominated to the March 5 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), and could run in the nine-furlong race at Florida's Gulfstream Park if the bad weather in Southern California hampers her training, trainer Julio Canani said Friday.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 10, 2005, 07:10 AM
Sweet Catomine will be facing a very thin field for Sunday's (3/13) Santa Anita Oaks (G1) at 1 1/16 mi. She looks to be simply a monster over the rest http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The Cat worked yesterday over four furlongs in 0:48

Likely field on Sunday:

* Sweet Catomine
* Feel The Heat
* Guaranteed Victory (maybe)
* Cream Donut
* Memorette

Glimmerglass
Mar. 11, 2005, 01:19 PM
In light of Declan's Moon dropping out I think the super filly will be even more seriously considered for the Triple Crown chase http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

No. County Times (CA) 3/10/05: Wygod's Filly Has Sweet Chance at Derby (http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/03/11/news/columnists/nahill/0_09_243_11_05.txt)

By: JEFF NAHILL

Owner Marty Wygod of Rancho Santa Fe knows he's bucking history --- only three fillies (Regret, Genuine Risk and Winning Colors) have ever won the Kentucky Derby --- but when it comes to his prized 3-year-old, Sweet Catomine, he just can't help himself.

Sweet Catomine will continue on the road to the Kentucky Derby on Sunday when she races in the Santa Anita Oaks for fillies only. The event should be nothing short of a public workout for the daughter of Storm Cat.

After that it will be time to find out what last year's champion 2-year-old filly has. If everything continues on the straight and narrow, Sweet Catomine will face the boys in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 9. A win or runner-up finish will put her in Louisville, Ky., on May 7.

"I'm realistic enough to know after 40 years in the business that unless she shows up at her peak, she doesn't have a chance," said Wygod of running in the Kentucky Derby. "We have to go in at our peak, and it starts this week in the Oaks."

Sweet Catomine has earned $864,800 while winning four of her five starts, and Wygod thinks she will only get better.

"We really like her going a mile-and-a-quarter (of the Derby) more than a mile-and-an-eighth (of the Kentucky Oaks)," said Wygod, who began thinking of the Run for the Roses shortly after Sweet Catomine won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park. "She has been running faster than the colts and most times on the same day as they have run."

Wygod insists his filly is more of a tomboy.

"She enjoys body contact," he said. "In one race, she got belted at the start and she was not intimidated by the contact. I've never seen a filly like that. She's just as large as the colts and she would also get a five-pound weight allowance in the Derby (for being a filly)."

When Sweet Catomine was awarded the Eclipse Award in January as champion filly of 2004, it was a first for Wygod.

"It was a great feeling," said Wygod, "but not as great as winning the Breeders' Cup. Winning the Eclipse was anticlimactic because everyone knew she was going to win, although there was one writer who didn't vote for her or else she would have made history as a unanimous selection.

"When they came over on her (in the Breeders' Cup) and then she got squeezed back, I couldn't believe she came back on (to win). It was the highlight of my career."

And now Wygod is hoping for a new highlight. Something only three other thoroughbreds have accomplished.
...........

Go, Cat, Go!

Somethingroyal '70
Mar. 11, 2005, 07:50 PM
Even better news is the fact that her full sister was born March 5th, and Sweet Life is booked back to Storm Cat!!

Glimmerglass
Mar. 13, 2005, 08:48 AM
Two more "victims" step up to the plate today - 'She Sings' & 'Charming Colleen' join the fray to take on Sweet Catomine in the $300k Santa Anita Oaks (G1). The result will still be the same http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Blood-Horse 3/12 "Sweet Catomine Towers Over SA Oaks Field" (http://handicapping.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27119)

Glimmerglass
Mar. 13, 2005, 06:21 PM
Done deal, Sweet Catomine wins the Santa Anita Oaks (http://www.drf.com/results/13/rSA13.html?rn=083315#9), and now to take on the boys - including a very possible Lost In The Fog.

I'm amazed she paid as she did ($2.44) to win - you'd think it would've been closer to $2.10 http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

LA Times 3/13 "A Big Day for 'Catomine" (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-insider13mar13,1,6539754.story?coll=la-headlines-sports)
Almost certainly the next race on her agenda would be the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 9 against males. And if Sweet Catomine were to become the first female to win it since Winning Colors in 1988, the logical destination would be Churchill Downs, not for the Kentucky Oaks, but the Kentucky Derby, a race Winning Colors also won.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 13, 2005, 07:00 PM
The Blood-Horse (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27148)article: http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oaks Win Lands Sweet Catomine in Derby Mix
by Jack Shinar

3/13/2005 8:38:22 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's homebred Sweet Catomine had to survive an objection, but she got the job done in Sunday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) with an impressive finish.

The favorite for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6, Sweet Catomine may instead test males in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in her next start April 9.

Trainer Julio Canani, who called Sweet Catomine "the best filly who ever lived" after the race, said a decision would be made soon.

Sent off at 1-5, Sweet Catomine, with Corey Nakatani aboard, swept four wide around the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, grabbed the lead and held off a bid in mid-stretch from Memorette. She pulled away at the end to win by three lengths. The final time was a tepid 1:44 2/5. She Sings finished third with Charming Colleen fourth.

Sweet Catomine, a 3-year-old daughter of Storm Cat-Sweet Life (Kris S.) who was the 2004 juvenile filly champion, went over the $1 million mark in earnings.

Coming out of the turn, Cream Donut Keith, ridden by Tyler Baze, was drawn into tight quarters when Sweet Catomine made her move on the outside while passing Cream Donut Keith and Charming Colleen, who was leading while racing off the rail. Stewards reviewed the incident after Baze claimed foul, but did not take the victory away from Sweet Catomine.

Guaranteed Victory set the slow early pace, :23 2/5 and :48 2/5 with Charming Colleen and Memorette stalking. Charming Colleen edged to the front briefly coming on the turn after six furlongs in 1:14, but could not match strides with Sweet Catomine, who was keen to challenge from the time she left the starting gate.

Sweet Catomine, who broke from the rail, was taken off the pace and raced in sixth down the backstretch while angled to the outside. On the home turn, Nakatani could hold her back no longer and Sweet Catomine moved to the leaders without being asked.

Sweet Catomine won her fifth straight race and remains unbeaten in three starts at Santa Anita. The victory was her third in a grade I. Her only loss came in her maiden debut effort. She has now banked $1,044,600.

race_run_jump
Mar. 13, 2005, 08:39 PM
Cool filly - can't wait to watch more!

Glimmerglass
Mar. 15, 2005, 01:36 PM
A positive article http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Daily Racing Form 3/15/05 "One step closer to history" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/63402.html)

excerpt:

Like Winning Colors, Sweet Catomine is a big, strapping filly. Their styles, though, are in contrast. Winning Colors would go to the lead and dare anyone to catch her. Sweet Catomine lays off the pace and inhales her rivals on the far turn.

Sunday's Santa Anita Oaks victory was the second straight for both trainer Julio Canani and owners Marty and Pam Wygod, who won last year's race with Silent Sighs. But while Silent Sighs was pointed to the Kentucky Oaks, Marty Wygod has higher hopes for Sweet Catomine.

"The Santa Anita Derby is next," he said. "That's what we had in mind for quite a while."

lizathenag
Mar. 18, 2005, 10:02 PM
While poking around the TB Times Road to the Triple Crown website, I discovered that Sweet Cat's granddam's sire was Flying Paster. I was very partial to him.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 29, 2005, 07:38 AM
Sweet Catomine has one more workout scheduled before April 9th's Santa Anita Derby (G1) against the likes of Don't Get mad and Giacomo.

TB Times 3/28/05 (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=53706&subsec=2) -

[Monday] She worked five furlongs in :59.60 at Santa Anita Park and Canani timed her galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.40 under regular jockey Corey Nakatani.

"She looked awesome," Canani said. "She’s on target. We got more weight on her, and she just looked awesome. We’ll work her one more time, maybe a half-mile."

Glimmerglass
Mar. 30, 2005, 05:57 PM
The Blood-Horse has a pedigree profile on Sweet Catomine http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Blood-Horse: Sweet Catomine (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27393)

Whether Sweet Catomine can best the colts is still unproven, but on paper she should have no trouble getting the distance. Although her sire, the brilliant Storm Cat, is better known for getting precocious juveniles and miler speed, his dual classic-winning son Tabasco Cat demonstrated that with the right mare, Storm Cat can get distance runners as well. Sweet Life, dam of Sweet Catomine, looks to be the right kind of mare.

vineyridge
Mar. 30, 2005, 06:29 PM
Anything out of Roberto can stay, even if stamina comes through the damside.

I have never understood why Roberto isn't given more credit for his offspring. In some of the stallion registers, you can't even search for his descendants under his name. He really has turned out to be great in the breeding shed.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 4, 2005, 10:29 AM
Some pictures of the super cat from yesterday's workout http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Go, baby, go!

AP Photo: Sweet Catomine with Corey Nakatani up, breezing 4/3/05 (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050403/483/arc10104031705)

AP Photo II: Sweet Catomine with Corey up (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050403/483/arc10204031707)

Such a beautiful big filly who is very sound and hungry!

.........

Derby watch is on out west
By Bill Christine
Los Angeles Times (Tribune wire) (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/horseracing/sfl-derbyrecap04apr04,0,2147072,print.story?coll=sfla-sports-horseracing)

April 4, 2005

One rival trainer says that Sweet Catomine doesn't have "scary" speed, and there also doesn't seem to be much all-around fear of the champion filly in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.

At least 12 horses may start, which would give the race its biggest field in 24 years.

The Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial, which will be run at Aqueduct on Saturday, are expected to further whittle the list of contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

The favorite in a wide-open Derby is not a horse but a trainer.

Nick Zito could have as many as five starters entered at Churchill Downs for the Triple Crown's opening leg next month.

Two of Zito's hopefuls, High Fly and Noble Causeway, ran 1-2 in the Florida Derby.

In California, Sweet Catomine will try to become the fourth filly -- and the first one since Winning Colors in 1988 -- to win the Santa Anita Derby.

"Sweet Catomine might be the best filly we've had since Winning Colors," said trainer Nick Hines said, who will run Allright and Customer against Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby.

Sweet Catomine "doesn't have Winning Colors' scary speed," he said.

"A lot of guys feel she has to prove it. It's still an even playing field. There are no fear factors."

Marty and Pam Wygod, who bred and race Sweet Catomine, are not committed to the Kentucky Derby.

"We'll see how she does against the boys," Marty Wygod said. "If she's good enough, we'll consider the Derby."

The usual option for 3-year-old fillies is the gender-restricted Kentucky Oaks, run at Churchill Downs the day before the Derby.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 6, 2005, 09:08 PM
As people can assume I am rather in favor of this great filly http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Calm filly with high-strung trainer

By JAY PRIVMAN
Daily Racing Form 4/6/05 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/63958.html)

ARCADIA, Calif. - Sweet Catomine is behaving with her usual aplomb this week, but her trainer is washing out. Julio Canani never before has run a horse in the Kentucky Derby, or the Santa Anita Derby, let alone a filly, let alone the favorite, which is what Sweet Catomine will be when the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is run for the 68th time on Saturday.

Couple that with the training adjustment Canani had to make Wednesday morning to protect Sweet Catomine's left rear hoof, and Canani was one part animated, one part agitated, and 100 percent stark-raving mad on Wednesday at Santa Anita.

"I've got to get a Jacuzzi. I've got to relax. I'm [messed] up, okay," were some of the things Canani said while scurrying from the stable area to the track, dropping F-bombs along the way. "I'm going mad."

Marty Wygod, who owns Sweet Catomine with his wife, Pam, and Wygod's confidante, attorney Roger Licht, watched from a safe distance.

"Pam asked me where to make reservations for Saturday," Licht said. "I told her to make Julio's at Cedars-Sinai."

Strapping Canani down on a hospital gurney might be the only way to keep him still. He is sure to wander off and watch the derby alone, up the stretch in the box-seat section, as he did when Sweet Catomine won the Santa Anita Oaks last month. "I can't take this [stuff]," Canani said.

Adding to the stress level Wednesday was that Sweet Catomine was forced to jog, rather than have a routine gallop. She did not have a shoe on her left rear hoof, and the coronet band was wrapped with a protective gauze.

According to Canani, Sweet Catomine dislodged that shoe on Tuesday night. Canani said Sweet Catomine was scheduled to be shod on all four hooves on Wednesday afternoon. He said he did not want to reset her left rear shoe for training on Wednesday, then pull it off and put a new plate on Wednesday afternoon.

"Don't worry," he said. "She's okay. She'll gallop the rest of the week."

Sweet Catomine landed post 2 against 10 males when the field of 11 was drawn on Wednesday morning for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, the final major West Coast prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Jeff Tufts, the morning-line maker at Santa Anita, made Sweet Catomine the 7-5 favorite. She carries 117 pounds, five fewer than the males.

The Santa Anita Derby has seen 25 fillies take on males, beginning in 1935. There have been three fillies who won the race - Ciencia in 1939, Silver Spoon in 1959, and Winning Colors in 1988. Both Silver Spoon and Winning Colors were favored. Winning Colors is the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby, and is one of only three to wear the roses.

Sweet Catomine will be facing males for the first time on Saturday, but she has earned the opportunity. Since finishing second in her debut going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar last July, Sweet Catomine has won five consecutive races. Her victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies earned her the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly.

It was after that race, according to Wygod, that he began to entertain the thought of running Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby and then the Kentucky Derby. Sweet Catomine has complied this year by winning her two preps, the Santa Ysabel Stakes and Santa Anita Oaks.

Wygod has gone so far as to say that if Sweet Catomine doesn't run well enough to go on to the Kentucky Derby, she probably would not go in the Kentucky Oaks. Canani is being more circumspect regarding the whole scenario. "Let's see what happens on Saturday and then talk on Sunday," he said.

"I'm nervous and apprehensive," Wygod said. "I'm much more nervous about this race than the others. The excitement keeps mounting. It's part excitement, part nervousness."

Sweet Catomine was bred by the Wygods in Kentucky. She is a daughter of Storm Cat, and is out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life. Her pedigree is impeccable, the kind that would have made her a summer-sale yearling had Wygod opted to sell her. But Wygod breeds to race, and said he has dreamed of having a Kentucky Derby runner since he first got interested in the sport in his teens.

"Anybody who races horses, the one thing they think about is the Kentucky Derby," Wygod said.

Physically, Sweet Catomine can hold her own with the boys. She stands 16-1 or 16-2 hands tall, and is solid through her torso.

"She has tremendous substance, tremendous scope," Wygod said.

Sweet Catomine came to her physical maturity much quicker than others of her generation, and towered over other 2-year-olds last fall at the Breeders' Cup. But this spring, many of the males, such as Giacomo, have caught up.

Her temperament has served her in good stead.

"They really named her right," Canani said. "She's the sweetest filly."

Winning Colors also was stoutly built, perhaps even more so than Sweet Catomine, but Winning Colors had a front-running style, whereas Sweet Catomine rallies. The biggest difference, however, is temperament. Winning Colors was aggressive, Sweet Catomine takes it all in. Because of her laid-back style, Sweet Catomine will have to work out a trip to rally from behind from post 2.

"She's a big, strong filly," said jockey Corey Nakatani, who rides Sweet Catomine. "She can handle anything. She's as big as a colt, and she's got the heart of a champion."

"If you worry about them getting in trouble, you might as well not run," Canani said. "Maybe she'll just wink at them at the eighth pole and win by three."

lizathenag
Apr. 6, 2005, 09:18 PM
What kind of winking are they talking about?

Just got a table at the Turf club (at Bay Meadows) for Saturday's race. When she wins, I will place a bet in the future pool for the KD. I missed the second pool
oh well.

Bacchus
Apr. 7, 2005, 07:06 AM
Does it bother anyone else that they give a filly five pounds over the boys? It bothers me. Theh girls can race in the boys' races with less weight, but the boys can't even enter the girls' races. What happened to keeping things even? I know it's about handicapping, etc., but that's bull. You'd never see Phil get a shot or two over Tiger in the Master's because of handicapping! If I were the Wygods, I'd have her run at 122 to see how good she really is.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 7, 2005, 04:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bacchus:
Does it bother anyone else that they give a filly five pounds over the boys? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Shannon, you might have seen a misquote as it's the opposite - Sweet Catomine will carry 5-lbs less than the field:

$750,000 Santa Anita Derby
(gr. I, Race 6, 2:42 p.m. PDT)
3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, ML Odds
1. Giacomo, Mike Smith, 5-1
2. Sweet Catomine, Corey Nakatani, 7-5
3. Don't Get Mad, Tyler Baze, 7-2
4. a-Allright, Tammi Piermarini, 30-1
5. Go Coyote Joe, Martin Pedroza, 30-1
6. a-Customer, Rene Douglas, 30-1
7. General John B., Jon Court, 20-1
8. A.P. Arrow, Jose Valdivia Jr., 20-1
9. Wannwinemall, Alex Solis, 15-1
10. Buzzards Bay, Mark Guidry. 12-1
11. Wilko, Frankie Dettori, 9-2
(a) James McIngvale-owned entry

All carry 122 pounds, except Sweet Catomine, 117

Glimmerglass
Apr. 7, 2005, 04:26 PM
More of the same - "now or never, on the edge of history" - type stuff for the super filly http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Baltimore Sun 4/7/05 "Sweet Catomine bids to join elite filly list" (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/bal-sp.anita07apr07,1,7789520.story?coll=bal-sports-more&ctrack=1&cset=true)

excerpts:

Sweet Catomine captured last year's Juvenile Fillies with an effort racing fans still talk about. Trapped on the rail turning for home, she lost momentum and looked beaten.

But then Corey Nakatani, her jockey, jerked her to the outside, from where she swooped down the stretch and won easily - by 3 3/4 lengths.

<span class="ev_code_RED">Sweet Catomine's record of five graded-stakes victories, including three Grade I's, towers over the records of her male challengers. Their combined record in graded stakes this year is 0-for-10. In all stakes this year, it's 2-for-14.</span>

Still, the challengers turned out in force. If all 11 start, then it will be the largest Santa Anita Derby field since 13 ran in 1981.

"I don't even know half these horses, to tell you the truth," said Ron Ellis, trainer of Don't Get Mad, the 7-2 second choice in the morning line. "One of the symptoms of Derby fever is that people get delusional."

Ellis said he's not afraid of Sweet Catomine. She could join Ciencia (1939), Silver Spoon (1959) and Winning Colors (1988) as the only fillies to win the Santa Anita Derby.

"I'm not as impressed with her 3-year-old races as I was with her 2-year-old races," he said. "She's going to have to kick it up a couple of notches to get involved with the colts."

Bacchus
Apr. 8, 2005, 06:26 AM
Glimmerglass, that's what I meant. I don't think she should run with five fewer pounds. I think they should all run with the same weight. It doesn't prove that she's great if she runs with less weight.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 8, 2005, 10:01 AM
While I admit having mutual weight across the entire field - with no exceptions - seems more logical when testing her mettle, the net of it is that she will still get a break on her weight in the Kentucky Derby too.

Btw in case anyone was curious, Sweet Catomine is indeed named partially in reference to the famed Neil Diamond song, "Sweet Caroline".

Glimmerglass
Apr. 8, 2005, 10:07 AM
I'm sure folks are sick of me posting all of these articles http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

From the Dallas Star-Telegram 4/8 "Filly's run will be captivating" (http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/sports/horse_racing/11343601.htm) note - site registration required

excerpt:

In 1980, trainer Leroy Jolley traveled from New York to Kentucky with a filly named Genuine Risk. She was tall, but not especially powerful or heavy. Nor was she blessed with abundant speed, but she rallied from seventh in a field of 13 to become only the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby, the first since Regret in 1915.

Crucial to her victory was the competition: It was decidedly underwhelming. And Sweet Catomine could have the same thing working for her, especially Saturday, when her foremost rivals appear to be Wilko, Don't Get Mad and Giacomo, who are winless this year.

"I don't see this as a year with any great colts out there," Jolley said. "So why not [try Sweet Catomine against males]?"

Why not indeed? Sweet Catomine is the 7-5 favorite to become the fourth filly to win the Santa Anita Derby.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 8, 2005, 12:21 PM
Here we go - the seemingly never ending attack of the Sweet Catomine crew ...

Baltimore Sun 4/8 "Can 'Catomine' back up boast?" (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horseracing/bal-sp.anita08apr08,1,7634752,print.story?coll=bal-sports-horse)

Trainer's 'best ever' quote follows filly to Santa Anita

By Tom Keyser
Sun Staff

April 8, 2005

ARCADIA, Calif. - Did he or didn't he? Did trainer Julio Canani say his filly, Sweet Catomine, was the best filly who ever lived - or didn't he?

Canani was asked after Sweet Catomine won the Santa Anita Oaks last month at Santa Anita Park how he felt. It was widely reported that he said: "She is the best filly that ever lived. She's going to prove it this year."

Now, as Sweet Catomine prepares to meet male horses for the first time tomorrow in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, Canani said that's not what he said. In fractured English, the 66-year-old native of Peru said he meant to say that Sweet Catomine is the best 3-year-old filly in the country.

A reporter who covered the race said Canani, when asked how he felt, gushed: "I feel like she's the best filly ever." Other reporters insist Canani said, with no apparent hedging, that Sweet Catomine is the best filly who ever lived.

The comment has taken on a life of its own. Santa Anita Park is using it to hype tomorrow's race. And students of racing history have taken offense.

Jockey Gary Stevens, who rode filly Winning Colors to victories in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby, says he respects Sweet Catomine, but ...

"They're comparing her to the likes of Ruffian and Winning Colors and even Personal Ensign. I can go down the list ... Serena's Song," Stevens said. "She'd better do a lot more ... The filly she beat the other day, Memorette, is a decent kind of filly. But how far would Ruffian and Winning Colors have beaten her?

"Don't get me wrong. I'd love to be on [Sweet Catomine]. But with me, the jury's still out."

[snip]

"I think she's got the breeding to do it," Nakatani said. "She's got the frame to do it. Other fillies don't have that burliness about them. They can't take that getting bumped around and other horses leaning on you.

"And she's got the mind to do it. She has the mentality of a colt. A lot of fillies don't like to be in tight quarters. She'll bull through horses. There's really nothing that bothers her."

lizathenag
Apr. 8, 2005, 05:24 PM
Keep those stories coming!!!

Glimmerglass
Apr. 11, 2005, 01:34 PM
The Wygods' are impressing me less and less with each action http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Sweet Catomine, Other Wygod Horses Sent to Trainer Shirreffs

4/11/2005 2:40:56 PM

By Ron Mitchell and
Margaret Ransom - The Blood-Horse (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27588)

In continuing fallout from the weekend loss by champion Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), four or five horses previously trained by Julio Canani for owners Marty and Pam Wygod are being transferred to trainer John Shirreffs.

Shirreffs, who has other horses for the Wygods, described it as a "tough situation."

Removal of Sweet Catomine from Canani's barn follows the initiation of an investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into events last week leading up to the Derby, in which Sweet Catomine finished fifth as the odds-on favorite in the race won by longshot Buzzards Bay.

Following Saturday's race, Wygod said he had considered scratching Sweet Catomine from the race because of some minor health issues she had leading up to the race.

The filly was sent to Alamo Pintado, the Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara, for treatment and brought back to Santa Anita before Wednesday's Santa Anita Derby post position draw. When she returned, Sweet Catomine developed a minor foot problem. She also went into season.

According to a statement from the CHRB, its review will include interviews with Sweet Catomine's veterinarians as well as the track's official veterinarian who conducted the required examination the morning prior to the race.

JER
Apr. 11, 2005, 04:17 PM
John Shireffs is a decent guy and a good horseman. Hopefully, Sweet Catomine will be able to continue her career without this sort of nonsense clouding the picture.

lizathenag
Apr. 11, 2005, 06:33 PM
I have been slow playing my partner into following horse racing as I hope to be an owner someday. I had her hooked. She is so unhappy about this story that I might have to start from the begining again! I am following this story with great interest. Please keep us posted.l

Linny
Apr. 11, 2005, 07:09 PM
More...
BOARD FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST WYGOD, VAN DRIVER

ARCADIA, CA – The California Horse Racing Board filed complaints Monday against Martin J. Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, and Dean Kerkhoff, a racehorse transport driver, after determining the filly was falsely identified to the stable gate guard as a “pony” when she left Santa Anita at 3 a.m. on April 4 for special medical treatment and again when she returned to the stable area the following night.

Administrative hearings are scheduled April 23 with the Hollywood Park stewards for Wygod, who is licensed by the CHRB as a horse owner, and Kerkhoff, a licensed vendor employed by Racehorse Transport. The complaint filed Monday by CHRB Senior Special Investigator Christopher Loop alleges that both Wygod and Kerkhoff violated CHRB Rules 1489 (Grounds for Denial or Refusal of License) and 1597 (Association to Maintain Records of Horses on Its Grounds).

The complaint further alleges that Wygod violated CHRB Rule 1902 (Conduct Detrimental to Horse Racing) in connection with statements he made before and after Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby concerning the health of Sweet Catomine, who finished fifth in the race as the even-money favorite. The owner was widely quoted in newspapers, magazines, and on news Websites as saying after the race that the filly had physical problems, such as internal bleeding after she exercised on Sunday, April 3, and providing details that were not made public before the race.

Under directions from CHRB Executive Director Ingrid Fermin, and with assistance from Supervising Investigator Marla Lloyd and Senior Investigator Frank Fink, Loop interviewed stable area security personnel, veterinarians, barn personnel, and transport workers as part of his investigation. He also reviewed confidential veterinary records, transportation and security logs, and news reports relating to statements by Wygod about the condition of his filly.

Loop determined that Sweet Catomine left Santa Anita at 3:15 a.m. on Monday, April 4, and was identified to security as a “pony” going to the “farm”. She was transported to the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, about 45 miles north of Santa Barbara, where she underwent specialized treatment to help with internal bleeding without the use of medications. According to information on the Alamo Pintado Website, the filly would have been placed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at approximately two times normal atmospheric pressure and immersed in enriched oxygen to promote an increase in tissue oxygenation. She was returned to Santa Anita at 8:29 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, and again identified as a “pony” returning from a “clinic.”

On Monday, Loop personally advised Kerkhoff and Wygod’s general attorney, Roger Licht, of the complaints. Licht, a former CHRB commissioner, will not be representing Wygod in this matter.

In his investigative report, Loop wrote that “records of departure and arrival were deliberately falsified to conceal the true identity and activities of the horse Sweet Catomine.” Loop went on to allege that Wygod made “material misrepresentation and false statements to the Board and its agents. The assertion was made in public forum that his horse was fit to run. However, Wygod deemed the horse would benefit from a significant therapeutic process, requiring the horse to be transferred from the grounds. This was not discussed in the same forum, and as such, was both false and deceptive.”

The report continued to allege that Wygod engaged in conduct “detrimental to the best interests of horse racing. The perception of the betting public was that they were wagering upon reliable information, which was widely broadcast. The information concerning the true condition of the horse was not complete, or factual, in its presentation.”

Since being appointed executive director of the CHRB in January, Fermin has been committed to operating a regulatory agency that is “open and fair.”

“Protecting the betting public and insuring the integrity of the industry are our highest priorities,” she said Monday. “I am pleased that the investigative staff responded so quickly, and we intend to continue our proactive approach to restoring the confidence of the fans. All licensees will be treated the same.”

CHRB Commissioner Richard Shapiro said, “The California Horse Racing Board believes that everything concerning racing should be as transparent as possible to the public. The Board intends to look into security measures for horses entering and leaving the stable area, so that we are fully aware of who is coming and going. This will include the possibility of implanting microchips for the accurate and safe identification of horses racing in California.”

Smigget
Apr. 11, 2005, 08:47 PM
Sad http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif

Lord Helpus
Apr. 11, 2005, 09:19 PM
I've been reading the same stories through Thoroughbred Times Today. What seems odd to me is that Marty Wygod is the total focus of the investigations. In the articles posted here and in the ones I have read I haven't seen anything about an investigation of Canani.

I don't know the legal implications of who has the final say when determining a horse is fit enough and sound enough and healthy enough to race. Or who makes the decision to leave the racetrack grounds to go for specialized treatment, but it would seem that the decisions were made after discussion between owner and trainer.

Now owner has pulled horses from trainer, owner seems to be the only one being investigated -- What is this telling us about what is going on behind the scenes?

Is Canani the good guy or the bad guy?

Beezer
Apr. 11, 2005, 11:41 PM
Pam, reading strictly between the lines and given my few interactions with Julio, my **guess** is that Wygod pretty much called the shots. He's been at the head of the filly's PR machine since the beginning and has said some things that've made me cringe.

So, it sounds pretty much like he made the decision to take the filly off the grounds. Did Julio know? I think that's a question only he can answer.

Damn. All the way around.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 12, 2005, 07:43 AM
Linny pretty much gave the long and short of the recent happenings with her post. I think the LA Times said it best in the article linked below: The Sweet Catomine episode smacks of something out of a Dick Francis novel.

As for Wygod's role I very much am of the view that he called the shots including the coverup.

Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/other/la-sp-horse12apr12,1,2814689.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-other)

Board Accuses Sweet Catomine Owner Wygod
By Bill Christine
Times Staff Writer

April 12, 2005

The fallout from favored Sweet Catomine's fifth-place finish in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby reached seismic proportions Monday when the filly's trainer was fired and her owner, Marty Wygod, was accused by the California Horse Racing Board of secretly transporting the horse to a clinic five days before the race.

The Sweet Catomine episode smacks of something out of a Dick Francis novel. The filly, according to the racing board's three-point complaint against Wygod, left Santa Anita for Los Olivos, about 140 miles north, in the dark of night. She was identified to track security as a stable pony, rather than the horse who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and earned an Eclipse Award.

Sweet Catomine, according to state investigators, left Santa Anita at 3:15 a.m. on April 4 and returned about 40 hours later, last Tuesday night. She was also identified as a pony when she got back to Santa Anita.

Driver Dean Kerkhoff of Racehorse Transport was also named in the complaint. A hearing is scheduled before the stewards at Hollywood Park on April 23.

According to a report by Christopher Loop, senior special investigator for the racing board, "records of departure and arrival were deliberately falsified to conceal the true identity and activities of the horse."

Racetracks are concerned about horses leaving the grounds, especially after they have been entered to run in races. Trainer Julio Canani was aware that Sweet Catomine had left his barn, but he was not named in the complaint. Wygod, who transferred five horses, including Sweet Catomine, from Canani to trainer John Shirreffs, said that the racing board's investigation played no part in the switch. Canani, who couldn't be reached for comment, had told friends after the Santa Anita Derby that he was quitting Wygod.

"The change is better for him, and better for us," Wygod said. "Sweet Catomine will probably wind up at Belmont Park, with a leading trainer back there."

Wygod said it was not his idea to misidentify Sweet Catomine to security at Santa Anita.

"The mentality of the van guy might have something to do with this," Wygod said. "I think he did what was done on his own. We had said that there would be a lot of curiosity seekers, and we wanted everything done low-profile, but never … did we want him to do what he did."

Kerkhoff told investigators that he was asked to keep the horse low-profile and interpreted that to mean that he should be "low-key" about the horse's identity.

The racing board's complaint also cited Wygod with "conduct detrimental to horse racing." This was in reference to statements Wygod allegedly made before and after the race, a Kentucky Derby prep that was won by Buzzards Bay, a 30-1 shot.

After the race, Wygod said that Sweet Catomine had bled during her final workout, had begun ovulating, for the first time, three days before the race and had a minor foot problem the week of the race.

"The perception of the betting public was that they were wagering upon reliable information, which was widely broadcast," Loop's report read. "The information concerning the true condition of the horse was not complete, or factual, in its presentation."

Wygod said that he had mentioned Sweet Catomine's problems in pre-race interviews with NBC, which televised the race, and a Sports Illustrated reporter, who wasn't writing until after the race.

"What was I to do?" Wygod said. "My vets said the filly was all right, and my trainer said she was all right. I told the Santa Anita people on Wednesday that she had some problems, and there was always the chance that we could scratch. I was apprehensive, and said so the day before the race. But [the reporter] then didn't ask me why I was apprehensive. Most of the questions were about how I was feeling, not how the filly was feeling."

Wygod said that he sent Sweet Catomine to the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos because he wanted to get another opinion about her condition.

At Alamo Pintado, Sweet Catomine underwent treatment for internal bleeding that did not involve medication. William Bell, state veterinarian at Santa Anita, told a racing board investigator that the treatment will not give a horse a racing advantage. Bell said that it is not required that he be notified of the treatment as long as it occurs before the day entries are taken. Entries for the Santa Anita Derby were taken on Wednesday, the morning after Sweet Catomine was returned to Canani's barn.

Corey Nakatani, who rode Sweet Catomine, said that she was sluggish during the post parade. The filly, who went off at even money, won't run in the Kentucky Derby on May 7, Wygod said after the race.

"For some reason, she was not the same horse," Wygod said. "I'm only speculating, but I think she was sedated. Leading up to the race, she was given three legal medications, including Lasix [for bleeding]. I think those three medications put her to sleep."

NMS
Apr. 12, 2005, 07:54 AM
So the van driver takes the fall. Hope it was an expensive trip.

N

Tiramit
Apr. 12, 2005, 12:13 PM
Whoa, I'm confused! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

So this incredible filly was the favorite to win the Santa Anita Derby, but pulled a shoe a few days out. Then, she was NQR the night before, so she was smuggled off the grounds for extensive oxygen treatment and time in the chamber before returning to the track in the wee hours of race day. She runs poorly in the race, ends up 5th, and her owner blames the tranqs, lasix and her foot (but ran her anyway). Than decides to pull her from the trainer and move her to another barn. And sets the van driver up to take the fall from the pre-race outing at the vet's clinic. And we still don't know all that's wrong with the filly or if she'll be ok?

Is this it, or am I missing something? Pretty strange stuff! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Glimmerglass
Apr. 12, 2005, 12:50 PM
Tiramit -

Let me take a stab at this

1 - She did her final workout Sunday 4/3/05 at Santa Anita where she put in the 2nd best time out of 58 horses.

2 - She bled in her lungs afterwards, which is not in keeping with SC, however she doesn't train on Lasix

3 - She is shipped off grounds Monday April 4th to the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. Where she is examined and then put into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/search/searchdetail.asp?Section=&RecordNo=49747). [A racehorse that is chronic bleeder bounces back after treatments in hyperbaric oxygen chamber and this is a non-drug solution]

When being shipped "off grounds" the driver tells the SA personnel the horse being hauled is just a pony going off the farm.

4 - She is discharged Tuesday afternoon and returns to Santa Anita Tuesday evening; again officials are told she is just a pony coming back from a clinic

5 - Wednesday there is a media press conference with Wygod and trainer Julio Canani where by both are asked about her condition. Neither suggests anything is wrong and in fact to the contrary, that she is great. Wygod's only negative is that she isn't the horse she was when she won the BC JV filly race. "Less weight on her now".

6 - On Wednesday when she is taken onto the track for some limited work and has "a little foot problem" however that is not disclosed.

7 - Still on Wednesday, Wygod speaks with Ron Charles (and exec with Magna overseeing Santa Anita) about some problems. Ron advises Wygod to just let him know as soon as they can if they are going to scratch

8 - Between Wed and Friday she goes into heat, a first for Sweet Catomine. She [I assume] is treated with Regumate or similar suppressant.

9 - Friday a Sports Illustrated writer talks with Wygod and some of the issues are disclosed with the full understanding the story will not be reported until after the SA Derby.

From there the rest is pretty much what everyone saw on tv. She ran a dull race which was evident of a problem who wasn't overly well in the days prior.

My quick comment here is - why not still put her into the Kentucky Derby or Oaks? If she didn't win for reasons x,y,z then I can assume in a few weeks time she will be back to normal. Right? By all published accounts she came out of the race fine and ate up everything in her tub.

Stay tuned http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

NMS
Apr. 12, 2005, 01:08 PM
Bet they hire a NEW van driver to go with the NEW trainer.

N

Tiramit
Apr. 12, 2005, 01:28 PM
Oh boy, that story makes me warm and fuzzy all over. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif Thanks for explaining things, Glimmer! Definitely a "stay tuned" story...

Glimmerglass
Apr. 12, 2005, 01:45 PM
by the way - this is the Sports Illustrated story: SI 4-12-05 "Inside Horse Racing: In and Out" (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/pr/subs/siexclusive/2005/pr/subs/siexclusive/04/11/horse0418/index.html)

snipet: The big filly named Sweet Catomine walked in circles outside her barn last Friday morning at Santa Anita Park. A TV camera tracked her every move because she seemed certain to beat a weak field of colts the following day in the Santa Anita Derby, the preeminent West Coast prep race for the Kentucky Derby. She would bring not just order but also a seductive story line to the Triple Crown chase.

(It's a member only article and I don't have a membership)

NMS
Apr. 12, 2005, 01:50 PM
Glimmer,

That's a paid site...no entry..?

Glimmerglass
Apr. 12, 2005, 02:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by NMS:
That's a paid site...no entry..? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

By all indications, yes, it's tagged as premium content. I only was able to get the excerpt via the article description after searching her name.

While I have passwords for SI (see www.bugmenot.com (http://www.bugmenot.com) - a GREAT resource!) it doesn't ask for a pw, rather instead paid members full billing information http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Glimmerglass
Apr. 12, 2005, 03:28 PM
Wygod Denies CHRB Charges
by Lenny Shulman
The Blood-Horse (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27608)
4/12/2005 4:56:25 PM

Embattled owner Marty Wygod fired back Tuesday at the complaints filed against him by the California Horse Racing Board concerning events around Sweet Catomine's run in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last Saturday.

"I have been in racing now for 40 years and I know the rules, and I've done nothing wrong whatsoever," Wygod stated. "I hope the CHRB will review this in the immediate future and that they'll correct the unfounded allegations that are currently be made against me."

The CHRB claims Sweet Catomine was falsely identified at the stable gate when she left Santa Anita for medical treatment April 4, and again when she was returned to the stable area the following night. The board also alleges Wygod violated a CHRB rule dealing with statements he made prior to and after the race concerning the health of his filly, who finished fifth in the event as the even-money choice.

Wygod, however, strongly denies that charge. "I hid nothing," he said. "Anybody that asked me questions, I responded. When they asked me how I felt, my worries were very clear. I said I was apprehensive and nervous. All they had to do was ask why I was apprehensive.

"This is a combination of too much hype and then people getting upset thinking they've been mislead. What do you do when your vet tells you she's perfect, the vets who saw her upstate (at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center) tell you she's perfect, and the trainer says she's perfect?

"She bled at a level of less than one in her workout before the race. I was concerned because it's the first time I was aware that she bled, and I took the appropriate and necessary steps. At least 80% of the horses racing here bleed worse than that. Then she came in season, and we treated her for that.

"With everything I know now, I still would have run her. Who knows what caused (her to run badly)? It could have been the medication. Hopefully the horse racing board will bring some sanity to the situation."

Administrative hearings are scheduled April 23 with the Hollywood Park stewards.

JER
Apr. 12, 2005, 03:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">So, it sounds pretty much like he made the decision to take the filly off the grounds. Did Julio know? I think that's a question only he can answer.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If your Breeders Cup and Eclipse Award winner wasn't in her stall that morning, there'd be an APB out on her pronto. Probably an Amber Alert too (she's only 3!).

Of course Canani knew. But for some reason, he kept saying the filly was doing "super" all week.

What if Sweet Catomine won the race? Would we ever hear about any of this? Maybe we'd hear about how touch-and-go it was all week, we'd hear about the secret trip to the clinic. My point is, the same statutes (CHRB 1489 and 1597) would still have been violated by the transport hijinks.

I think it's a sad day for racing when the betting/spectating public gets ripped off like this.

Beezer
Apr. 12, 2005, 10:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JER:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">So, it sounds pretty much like he made the decision to take the filly off the grounds. Did Julio know? I think that's a question only he can answer.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If your Breeders Cup and Eclipse Award winner wasn't in her stall that morning, there'd be an APB out on her pronto. Probably an Amber Alert too (she's only 3!).

Of course Canani knew. But for some reason, he kept saying the filly was doing "super" all week.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

A extremely valid point, JER, and one with great merit. And Mr. Beezer, who knows Julio better than I, has a much different opinion of it all than I do. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

But this I find odd: This was the first time SC was in season? Ever?? Every filly I've known has cycled long before her third year -- the vast majority as long yearlings.

WarHorse
Apr. 13, 2005, 06:54 AM
I was about to ask the same thing. Maybe she has a hormone problem that makes her less than fertile and fast as lightning.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 13, 2005, 11:32 AM
Regarding Sweet Catomine and going into heat - from what I read, this was the first time Martin Wygod saw her go into heat [before a race]. I truly doubt she has never gone into season before.

As for the driver, Dean Kerkhoff, it looks like he is taking full ownership on the "pony" coverup.

From The New York Times (4/13): (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/13/sports/othersports/13racing.html?) Kerkhoff said yesterday in a telephone interview that neither Canani nor Wygod had instructed him to misidentify Sweet Catomine when she departed Santa Anita.

"Everything that was done was legal and in the best interests of the horse," Kerkhoff said.

"That was my own doing," he replied, in acknowledging that Sweet Catomine was identified as a pony. "I wasn't thinking about the betting public. I didn't want people in the barn area to know about it. If word got out, more horses might have been entered in the race to run against her."

As for the Sweet Catomine talk is that she will go to Bill Mott in NY and race at both Belmont - not the Belmont Stakes - and Saratoga.

In parting Julio Canni said this:

"We all get fired," he said. "I hope the filly comes back and wins, and I wish Mr. Wygod well."

NMS
Apr. 13, 2005, 02:13 PM
Like I said, I bet it was an expensive van ride.

17handtb
Apr. 13, 2005, 03:41 PM
Either that van driver is VERY honest or...very frightened.

NMS
Apr. 14, 2005, 07:03 AM
Yup. I hope the fantastic filly ends up with a trainer that can sort through all this and let us watch her race at her best.

Nanc

Glimmerglass
Apr. 15, 2005, 09:06 AM
From Sports Illustrated 4/14/05 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/tim_layden/04/14/derby.contenders/1.html)

4.) What happened to Sweet Catomine out west? One day she's the Miracle Filly, the next day she's a beaten dog in a weak prep, has changed barns and her owner is hit with charges by the California Racing Board.

Not a pretty picture. I was dispatched by SI to go to California last week to write a feature story if Sweet Catomine won the Santa Anita Derby and appeared headed to Churchill Downs, with a chance to become the fourth filly in history to win the Kentucky Derby. It would have been a terrific storyline.

It fell apart. Here is it how it happened through my eyes:

On Friday morning I met Marty Wygod, Sweet Catomine's owner, for a pre-arranged interview at Santa Anita. We talked about the horse, his life, his family... the sort of things that would eventually comprise an SI story on the great filly. At one point, Wygod asked me: "The things we talk about, you're writing them after the race, correct?''

"Correct," I said. Naturally, SI doesn't publish until after the race. Obviously, breaking news goes here on SI.com, but I was looking for the back story on a horse, not anticipating breaking news. It is common SI practice to spend the days before a major event getting information on potential winners, in order to be in position to write a fresh story after the event is finished. That's part of working for a weekly magazine.

Wygod went on to tell me he didn't think Sweet Catomine was coming to the race in top form, that she had lost weight and was fighting a minor problem that he would not disclose, but that he said had nothing to do with soundness. He also confirmed a rumor I had heard on the Santa Anita backstretch, that Sweet Catomine was in season (heat) for the first time. Oddly, Sweet Catomine's trainer, Julio Canani, had raved about the filly the previous day. Something didn't add up.

The big filly ran a desultory fifth in the race, beaten soundly by mediocre colts. Afterward Wygod told the media everything he told me and much more, such as the fact that Sweet Catomine bled in her lungs during a workout six days before the race. This ignited a debate over how much information a horse's connections are required to make public before a race, especially when hundreds of thousands are bet on a horse.

This high-minded argument became moot 48 hours later when the California Horse Racing Board filed a complaint against Wygod, alleging he had taken Sweet Catomine off the Santa Anita grounds under a false name four days before the race. They charged him with "conduct detrimental to racing" for failing to disclose the horse's problems before the race. He faces a hearing April 23.

I'm not sure what the lesson is here. Based on the information I was given by the owners on Friday -- a filly in season who has lost a little weight and whose owner and trainer disagree about her fitness -- I didn't feel like the public was owed full disclosure. Horses run all the time at less than 100 percent. In fact, horses are seldom completely fit and ready (although I'm guessing Bellamy Road was on Saturday). When Wygod said Sweet Catomine had bled, in my opinion, he was straddling the line. If the filly was in bad enough shape that she had to be driven off the grounds for treatment, that seals it: He should have come clean. It's a difficult issue with no clear boundaries.
............

Personally I think Tim Layden has a degree of culpability with the non-disclosure as well. The media has an obligation just as much as owners to share information - as clearly the media aides in revving up the fans and betters.

sleepdeprived
Apr. 15, 2005, 01:17 PM
heard through the trainer grapevine she won't be runnin for a bit. hope the van driver got a big tip for his "owning up." http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Glimmerglass
Apr. 17, 2005, 04:03 PM
... and now the trainer too

California racing board files complaint against Sweet Catomine's former trainer

Sunday, April 17, 2005

(04-17-05) 11:00 PDT Arcadia, Calif. (AP (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/04/17/sports/s110058D21.DTL&type=printable)) --

The California Horse Racing Board has filed a complaint against the former trainer of Sweet Catomine a week after the filly finished fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Derby.

Julio Canani was accused in a complaint Saturday of committing conduct detriment to racing and violating the trainer-insurer rule, which makes a trainer accountable for his horse.

Canani is the latest to be served after investigators determined that Sweet Catomine, who bled slightly during workout, was falsely identified as a "pony" to a stable gate guard when she left Santa Anita on April 4 for special medical treatment. The following night, when she was returned to the stable area, she was again identified as a "pony" returning from "a clinic."

Sweet Catomine finished fifth as the even-money favorite in the $750,000 race for 3-year-olds. Buzzards Bay, a 30-1 shot, won the race.

The CHRB previously filed complaints against owner Martin Wygod and Dean Kerkhoff, a racehorse transport driver.

According to Wygod, Canani knew about Sweet Catomine's trip to the clinic. Canani told investigators he was not at the barn when the horse was picked up by Kerkhoff, the Los Angeles Times reported in Sunday's editions. Since the race, the filly and five other horses trained by Canani have been transferred to trainer John Shirreffs.

A phone message to Canani was not immediately returned Sunday.

A hearing for Wygod and Kerkhoff is scheduled for Saturday at Hollywood Park. Canani's hearing is set for May 1.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 17, 2005, 04:15 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by queasy:
heard through the trainer grapevine she won't be running for a bit. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

From what I read she will go to Belmont for a couple of graded races, then likely the Alabama Stakes up at Saratoga, and the Breeders' Cup again which this year is at Belmont.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 20, 2005, 07:48 AM
I knew this was coming ...

Suit filed against Santa Anita, Sweet Catomine's owner

By John Nadel, The Associated Press
4/19/2005 8:48 PM

LOS ANGELES — A lawsuit filed by a man who bet on Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby alleges the track, the filly's owner and trainer and others committed fraud by not disclosing the horse's health problems before the race.

Sweet Catomine entered the race April 9 as an even-money favorite but finished fifth.

In the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Arthur Mota seeks unspecified damages. The suit comes after several allegations brought by the California Horse Racing Board against Catomine's handlers. The suit also seeks to represent others who wagered on the horse and could turn into a class-action.

Sweet Catomine brought a five-race winning streak into the Santa Anita Derby, a major prep for next month's Kentucky Derby. But after the disappointing outcome, questions arose concerning her condition.

Owner Martin Wygod said he almost scratched Sweet Catomine from the $750,000 race for 3-year-olds, but was reluctant because Santa Anita had focused the race's publicity campaign around the filly who was competing against males.

Julio Canani, fired last week as Sweet Catomine's trainer, was accused Saturday by the CHRB of committing conduct detrimental to racing and violating the trainer-insurer rule, which makes a trainer accountable for his horse.

Canani was the latest to be cited by the CHRB after investigators determined that Sweet Catomine, who bled during a final workout before the race, was falsely identified as a "pony" to a stable gate guard when she left Santa Anita five days earlier for special medical treatment.

The board previously filed complaints against Wygod and Dean Kerkhoff, a racehorse transport driver. A hearing for Wygod and Kerkhoff is scheduled for Saturday at Hollywood Park. Canani's hearing is set for May 1.

Canani, Wygod and his wife, and Kerkhoff were cited in the lawsuit. A phone message was left for Wygod's attorney.

"Wygod, his trainer and Santa Anita, we allege, knew that Sweet Catomine had a number of problems, including bleeding, ovulating, and a problem with her hoof," Mota's attorney, Stephen Bernard, said Tuesday. "All of this information was not communicated to the betting public. Of course, had this information been disseminated before the race, nobody would have bet on her and she wouldn't have been the race favorite."

Frank DeMarco, the general counsel for Los Angeles Turf Club Inc., which owns Santa Anita said he had not yet seen the lawsuit.

"When we see what we're talking about, we'll react at that time," he said.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

drifting cloud
Apr. 20, 2005, 08:31 AM
Two words for this whole thing: Unmitigated disaster.

I'm not surprised about the lawsuit, and I'm sure it will turn into a class-action. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/uhoh.gif

Glimmerglass
Apr. 21, 2005, 07:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by drifting cloud:
I'm not surprised about the lawsuit, and I'm sure it will turn into a class-action. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, it is a class-action lawsuit

San Diego Union-Tribune 4/20 (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20050420-9999-1s20horses.html)

Excerpt:

"We're asking for Santa Anita and Mr. Wygod to make all of those persons whole again who bet on Sweet Catomine by returning the money that was bet and the money that was made by Santa Anita," [LA Attorney Stephen] Bernard said.

"It will be easy to determine that because the figures are a matter of public record."

There was more than $700,000 bet on Sweet Catomine in win, place and show pools combined.

"Hopefully this kind of dollar damage will stop the kind of anarchy that goes on at Santa Anita and other tracks. . . . It's interesting that because the race was so prominent and the circumstances so questionable it wasn't going to be left like it might have in so many similar instances before," Bernard said.

&gt;&gt; additional &lt;&lt;

San Diego Union-Tribune 4/20 - Associated Press (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20050420-1320-rac-sweetcatomineretired.html)

excerpt:

A hearing for Wygod and the van driver is scheduled for Saturday at Hollywood Park.

"I wouldn't miss it," Wygod said.

"There's no merit to the suit whatsoever," Wygod said. "I intend to defend it and I hate ambulance chasers."

Glimmerglass
Apr. 22, 2005, 09:28 AM
A nice bit of commentary:

Dallas Fort-Worth Star-Telegram 4/22/05 (http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/sports/horse_racing/11461049.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp)

Sweet Catomine affair reminds us: Bettors are why horses race
By Gary West
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Marty Wygod forgot. So did Julio Canani. They forgot why horses race, but events over the past two weeks have jarred their memories.

Horses race for the entertainment of the people in the grandstand, for the lords and ladies, the plebians and patricians, who for a moment's amusement invest in the outcome of one of the most democratic and traditional of sporting events. And anyone who willfully and knowingly deceives them should be severely chastened.

Wygod, in partnership with his wife, Pam, owns Sweet Catomine, the champion juvenile filly of 2004 who on April 9 finished fifth as the even-money favorite in the Santa Anita Derby. Canani trains her, or at least he did. After the Santa Anita Derby, Wygod moved Sweet Catomine to another barn and, more recently, announced her retirement.

This week, in Los Angeles Superior Court, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the people who were in the Santa Anita grandstand on April 9, specifically on behalf of those people who bet on Sweet Catomine. And they bet more than $700,000 on her in the win, place and show pool.

Naming as the defendants the Wygods, Canani and Magna Entertainment -- which owns Santa Anita, as well as Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie -- the suit alleges fraud. Basically, it argues that the people who bet on Sweet Catomine were deceived.

And apparently they were.

After the filly's defeat, Wygod revealed that he had considered scratching her from the Santa Anita Derby. Seemingly intoxicated with pride, and eager to make excuses for Sweet Catomine's performance, Wygod only exposed himself as a liar.

Sweet Catomine, as it turned out, wasn't training up to the Santa Anita Derby like some superhorse. She had some physical problems, some issues. She had bled internally, however slightly, in a workout just prior to the race. And the California Horse Racing Board, which has filed complaints against Wygod and Canani, found that just five days prior to the Santa Anita Derby the filly was taken to a nearby clinic to be treated for pulmonary bleeding. The board discovered that the filly was signed out of the Santa Anita stable area in the middle of the night as a pony.

So now Wygod and Canani are reeling before the wrath of the bettors. What's most astounding is Wygod's insistence he did nothing wrong.

And from his self-indulgent perspective, he probably didn't. But his perspective is narrow and self-absorbed and, most of all, unacceptable if horse racing is to deserve bettors' confidence. Wygod obviously doesn't know why horses race. He thinks they race for him, for his glory and his enrichment, for the gratification of his ego.

Many years ago, at Louisiana Downs, I became very fond of a big gray filly named Glorious Moment, who seemed to me to be uncommonly poised and intelligent. She was trained by her owner and breeder, Shirley Bussmann, an older woman who had a reputation for being independently minded, if not downright eccentric.

Well, after winning a couple allowance races, Glorious Moment was set to make her stakes debut. She was the morning line favorite and seemingly in the perfect spot, and I was effervescent with anticipation. But about an hour before the race, there came an announcement from the public address system: Glorious Moment was scratched.

Out of concern and, of course, eagerness to get the story, I hurried to the stable area to find out the reason for the scratch. Bussmann simply explained, "Something's wrong."

She didn't know what. Not even the veterinarian who examined Glorious Moment had an explanation, although it would become apparent as the filly became increasingly ill in subsequent days. But even then, her owner insisted Glorious Moment wasn't behaving normally. And then -- this I'll never forget -- Bussmann said, "It wouldn't be fair to the bettors to run her."

She knew why horses race. They race for the entertainment of the bettors, and without the bettors, horses wouldn't be racing, except perhaps in somebody's back yard.

sleepdeprived
Apr. 22, 2005, 09:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"There's no merit to the suit whatsoever," Wygod said. "I intend to defend it and I hate ambulance chasers." </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Oh, maybe they should chase down horse vans on the way to a clinic in the middle of the night to see who's in 'em? What an arrogant jerk. Too bad great horses can't pick their owners. The filly deserves better.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 24, 2005, 06:14 PM
Well the outcome for the first stage was disappointing ... largely because of Wygod's ivory tower view of being "The King" - above contempt. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

San Diego Union-Tribune 4/25 "Wygod cleared of charges, terms ordeal 'despicable' " (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20050424-9999-1s24wygod.html)

Wygod, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, was stern-faced at the end of the proceeding and took the opportunity to deliver some stern words about the experience.

"My name was dragged through the mud in 20-30 newspapers. Charges were brought against me that were totally unfounded," Wygod said. "This has had a terrible impact on my wife and my kids.

"I spent 40 years in this game; I tried to get my kids to want to care about it after me. They don't want to have anything to do with it anymore because of the charges made against me. I have to make some hard decisions whether I want to continue.

"I think what was done here by the press and by (CHRB Executive Director) Ingrid Fermin was despicable and I'm not finished with this – whether I stay in the game or don't stay in the game."

sleepdeprived
Apr. 25, 2005, 08:32 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"I spent 40 years in this game; I tried to get my kids to want to care about it after me. They don't want to have anything to do with it anymore because of the charges made against me. I have to make some hard decisions whether I want to continue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

... no please, don't go, it just won't be the same without you http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sleepy.gif

Glimmerglass
Apr. 27, 2005, 09:17 AM
Some additional commentary:

Bill Filney - ESPN (4/26/05) (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?id=2046954)

Was Wygod wrong? You bet

excerpt:

Instead, you had a thoroughly unprepared CHRB conducting a hearing that was a waste of time. The Daily Racing Form's Jay Hovdey described the hearing as "nothing more than a hurriedly compiled wish list based on bad press and snippets of unprocessed information."

Perhaps Wygod would have been found innocent no matter how well prepared the CHRB was, but the end result of the sham hearing was that the betting public didn't get it's day in court. Bernard hopes that it will, once, that is, his case against Wygod, Canani and Magna proceeds.

[snip]

Should a trainer have to report to the public every time a horse has a sniffle? No. But there has to be a better system in place than the one we have now, which is, basically, the public can be damned. At the very least, when a horse undergoes any kind of surgical procedure or is shipped to a veterinary clinic for treatment, which is where Sweet Catomine spent about 40 hours the week of the Santa Anita Derby, that information should be disclosed.

lizathenag
Apr. 27, 2005, 09:40 AM
So how do I join the court case? My partner wants her $20 back.

I bet on her so I could have the win ticket. My Seattle Slew KD win ticket is a refridgerator magnet!

Glimmerglass
Apr. 28, 2005, 06:53 AM
The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) yesterday formally withdrew complaints against trainer Julio Canani in the Sweet Catomine/Santa Anita Derby controversy.

... but the driver who used the term "pony" is still on the hook.

San Diego Union-Tribune 4/28 - "CHRB withdraws complaints against two trainers" (http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20050428-9999-1s28horses.html)

"In the cases involving Mr. Canani and Mr. Mullins, they have not violated any statute or regulation .. Rule 1902 describes conduct detrimental to racing. The key word is conduct .. The rule addresses things like associating with bookmakers and crimes involving moral turpitude. What these trainers said just doesn't fit .. The rule doesn't say anything about misrepresentations and controversial statements to the press."

The second charge against Canani was dismissed because Canani was not at the barn when the horse was picked up, and the van driver, Dean Kerkhoff, testified at the Wygod hearing that he received his instructions from Russell Drake, manager of Wygod's River Edge Farm. Kerkhoff testified he was asked to keep the filly's journey "low profile," but it was his own decision to sign Sweet Catomine in and out as a "pony."

"There is no evidence linking Mr. Canani to the actions of the driver," Ahern said in the statement.

Kerkhoff is the only person remaining to face charges. His hearing before the Hollywood Park board of stewards is scheduled for Saturday.

Glimmerglass
May. 2, 2005, 09:40 AM
LA Times May 2, 2005 (http://www.latimes.com/sports/horseracing/la-sp-catomine2may02,1,4773008.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-horse_raci)

Wygod Lawyers Want to Talk to Board Exec
Sweet Catomine's owner, who had faced charges, says there was a 'conspiracy to get me.'
By Bill Christine
Times Staff Writer

May 2, 2005

Marty Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, the filly whose brilliant career ended in controversy in the Santa Anita Derby, said Sunday that his attorneys have subpoenaed Ingrid Fermin, executive director of the California Horse Racing Board, to give a deposition regarding the case.

Although Wygod, speaking by phone from Rancho Santa Fe, did not say that he planned to sue the racing board, the deposition could be a preliminary to legal action. Charges against Wygod, including the illegal transporting of Sweet Catomine to an off-track clinic five days before the race, were dropped April 23 because of insufficient evidence.

One of Wygod's attorneys said at a hearing that Fermin had been subpoenaed to testify, but she denied receiving notice and said she was attending a racing conference in Lexington, Ky.

Wygod, speaking on Sunday, repeated what his attorney said, that Fermin had been subpoenaed for the hearing.

[snip]

"There was a conspiracy to get me," Wygod said, declining to name whom he thought might be involved. Fermin has said that the investigation of the Sweet Catomine affair was a "faulty procedure."

In response to suggestions that Sweet Catomine had been retired without cause, Wygod said that X-rays of the filly's left rear leg showed a spot, something that wasn't there, Wygod said, when she was X-rayed after her win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last year.

Wygod said that 90% of horses might have continued running, but veterinarians in Sweet Catomine's case recommended surgery. Wygod said that the downside to the surgery could be the filly's getting osteoarthritis.

JER
May. 2, 2005, 01:10 PM
And now I'm thinking that a conspiracy against this guy isn't such a bad idea. The sport of horse racing would be better off without people like him.

sleepdeprived
May. 4, 2005, 10:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JER:
And now I'm thinking that a conspiracy against this guy isn't such a bad idea. The sport of horse racing would be better off without people like him. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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The question is, why does he think he's SOOOOOO important? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Glimmerglass
May. 5, 2005, 08:09 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by queasy:
The question is, why does he think he's SOOOOOO important? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I couldn't even begin to say I know the answer - or know the man - although as the current chairman of WebMD (earning $1.2M/yr) he certainly has plenty of money .. even with the stock down significantly from the go-go days: WebMD shares held (http://www.google.com/search?q=stocks:HLTH)

He has a reputation as a hard-nosed corporate executive. This Forbes article from May 24, 2004 (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0524/096_print.html) (see near bottom) he has been involved in multi-billion dollar deal-making before.

excerpt:

On the case: Chairman Martin Wygod and Chief Executive Holstein. Wygod, 64, knows the health care industry cold and is one of its sharpest dealmakers. In the early 1980s he paid $30 million for what became Medco Containment Services, turned it into the largest pharmacy-benefit management firm and sold it to Merck in 1993 for $6.6 billion. In 1999 he bought physician-practice software firm Medical Manager and sold it to WebMD in 2000, for $2.2 billion in stock. Wygod now owns 4% of WebMD.

Bottom line I think he a "master of the universe" type of businessman who assumed racing could be as easily controlled - when it wasn't, he cried foul.

sleepdeprived
May. 5, 2005, 11:57 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Bottom line I think he a "master of the universe" type of businessman who assumed racing could be as easily controlled - when it wasn't, he cried foul. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Glimmerglass you hit the nail. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Tom Wolfe certainly coined it beautifully (and let's not forget their "Social X-Ray wives")... I suppose like a lot of other "masters" he's yet to learn he can't behave like a CEO in racing although we've seen some who learn humility (even Steinbrenner perhaps?) others will never consider themselves amateurs at anything. Too bad they can't support the sport while they learn the ropes and politics and too bad they think they are above the rules and reproach. Wygod could have changed the whole spin easily by showing some humility (if he still recognizes the emotion), being upfront about the horse's condition (before and after the race) and apologizing for his arrogance.

Glimmerglass
May. 5, 2005, 01:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by queasy:
I suppose like a lot of other "masters" he's yet to learn he can't behave like a CEO in racing although we've seen some who learn humility (even Steinbrenner perhaps?) others will never consider themselves amateurs at anything. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I fully agree.

What is more amazing is the fact that Wygod has been (per him) "in racing" for 40-years. Although racing at the G1 level with all the media exposure does tend to bring to light what may be "normal practices" with his racing all along. Keep in mind I really doubt the old school days of Man O'War would've thought twice about the antics carried out by Sweet Catomine's connections. Even Seabiscuit's connections enjoyed cloaking everything with some mystery.

The history of racing of course is littered with business titans who have been humbled in racing but not before making total asses of themselves with decisions and comments.

We don't have to look to far back to see for example that with successful businessman Ken Ramsey and that cluster at the end of 2004 http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

And then there are - as you cited - other top businessmen who own 'a piece of the action' but don't mess with the affairs of training, et al.

Case in point, does anyone really know that the owner of "Noble Causeway (http://www.courier-journal.com/cjsports/trackside/briefingbook2005/noblecauseway.html)" (fittingly) is Barnes & Noble founder, CEO and Forbes 400 member, Leonard Riggio? He didn't make an $800 million fortune by being a choir boy - yet he isn't edging out Nick Zito either to get on TV or bribe people or cover up medical visits.

Glimmerglass
May. 5, 2005, 07:20 PM
More the of the same:

The Blood-Horse 5/5/05 "Attorney Challenges Fermin Deposition" (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=27997)

Excerpt:

"Wygod and his attorney (Richard Kendall) are essentially trying to take over our case," said attorney Stephen Bernard, who filed a Los Angeles County Superior Court lawsuit April 18 against defendants Wygod, trainer Julio Canani, the Los Angeles Turf Club and others. "It's great (public relations) to take the pressure off (Wygod) and to put it on the (CHRB) investigation. Wygod's trying to change the texture and get away from the real issue."

[snip]

"Wygod has never had to answer any questions about his actions ... we intend to ask him those questions."

sleepdeprived
May. 6, 2005, 06:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Case in point, does anyone really know that the owner of "Noble Causeway" (fittingly) is Barnes & Noble founder, CEO and Forbes 400 member, Leonard Riggio? He didn't make an $800 million fortune by being a choir boy - yet he isn't edging out Nick Zito either to get on TV or bribe people or cover up medical visits. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
omgosh, had absolutely no idea. prediction: Wygod's latest move backfires, just like all his other ones. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Glimmerglass
May. 16, 2005, 07:50 AM
Certianly not the last action but it would appear the driver is taking the biggest hit here ...

Blood-Horse 5/16 "Van Driver Fined $500 in 'Catomine Case" (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=28141)

Glimmerglass
Jun. 3, 2005, 11:31 AM
Just an update on Sweet Catomine herself http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sweet Catomine in Foal to A.P. Indy
6/3/2005
the Blood-Horse (http://breeding.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=28417)

Sweet Catomine, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, is in foal to leading sire A.P. Indy off a single May 5 cover. The daughter of Storm Cat is boarded near Lexington at Mill Ridge Farm, owned by Alice Chandler and her husband, Dr. John Chandler. This year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo was foaled and raised at Mill Ridge.

Sweet Catomine's resultant foal will be inbred 3 x 4 to Secretariat. The great Triple Crown winner is the broodmare sire of both A.P. Indy and Storm Cat.

Owned by her breeders, Martin and Pam Wygod, Sweet Catomine was retired following a fifth-place finish in the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). She won five of seven starts, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and earned $1,059,600.

drifting cloud
Jun. 6, 2005, 01:20 PM
I reckon Wygod has to stay in the racing game now. Just so he can race that foal! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Glimmerglass
Dec. 28, 2005, 03:27 PM
A follow up to one of the many elements associated with this saga ...

The Blood-Horse 12/28/05 (http://news.bloodhorse.com//viewstory.asp?id=31518)

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Bettors' Suit Over Sweet Catomine Dismissed
by Jack Shinar, The Blood-Horse
Date Posted: 12/28/2005

A lawsuit filed on behalf of those who wagered on Sweet Catomine in last April's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) was dismissed by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last week.

The plaintiffs in the class action case sought damages, contending that the public was defrauded by the filly's owner and trainer, Martin and Pam Wygod and Julio Canani, as well as the Los Angeles Turf Club and Santa Anita Park for failure to disclose physical problems with Sweet Catomine. Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl, after hearing a pre-trial motion from LATC attorneys Sept. 21, ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to show that the track was liable. Her decision was issued Dec. 23.

The Wygods and Canani were dropped as defendants in the case earlier, following a CHRB hearing that cleared the owners of wrongdoing. Barring an appeal, Kuhl's ruling brings the suit to an end.

Frank DeMarco Jr., Santa Anita's attorney, was happy with the ruling.

"(California Horse Racing Board) rules say that the trainer merits the final say on whether a horse is fit and should run," De Marco said. "There was nothing brought in the complaint that set up a cause of action against Santa Anita. In other words, even if everything they said in the complaint was true, they hadn't shown that the track was responsible.

"The ruling upholds a longstanding public policy in California that (the court) doesn't interfere with the outcome of sporting events," he added.

Sweet Catomine ran fifth in the race as the even-money favorite on April 9. In post-race remarks, Wygod said he had considered scratching Sweet Catomine because she had bled in her final workout and was in season. Wygod also said he told Santa Anita officials the filly might be scratched.

Wygod disclosed that five days before the race, Sweet Catomine was shipped from the Santa Anita backstretch in the early-morning hours to the Alamo Pintado equine medical clinic several hours north of the Los Angeles area. She was treated in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at the clinic. It was later learned that Sweet Catomine was identified to Santa Anita gate security personnel as a "stable pony" when she left and returned to the track by horse van the following day.

The comments sparked the CHRB's investigation. Hollywood Park stewards dismissed all charges against Wygod stemming from his remarks April 23. The CHRB dropped a similar complaint against Canani prior to a hearing, with the agency's executive director Ingrid Fermin saying that the probe into the Sweet Catomine affair was a "faulty procedure."

Attorney Stephen Bernard, who represented the two bettors, Arthur G. Mota and Reid Wissner, who filed the action, could not be reached for comment regarding any possible appeal.

Sweet Catomine, whose five-race winning streak ended in the Santa Anita Derby, never raced again. Wygod retired the homebred daughter of Storm Cat shortly after the stewards' hearing with a leg injury. She won five of her seven starts, including three grade I races – the Del Mar Debutante, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Santa Anita Oaks – and earned $1,059,600. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Glimmerglass
Aug. 31, 2006, 02:21 PM
The Last Word? Perhaps

Disgging this old thread out of the archives as I ran across this interesting aside today .... :D


What's in a name?

Hyperbaric, who won his debut Sunday against older maidens, is trained by Julio Canani. Last year, Canani trained Sweet Catomine, the Marty Wygod-owned horse who in 2004 was the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly.

But Canani had a falling out with Wygod after Sweet Catomine ran poorly in the Santa Anita Derby, and it was subsequently revealed that Sweet Catomine had spent some time away from the track earlier that week, including being treated in a hyperbaric chamber near Wygod's farm, which is about 2 1/2 hours from Santa Anita.

Hyperbaric, a colt by Sky Classic, is owned by Prestonwood Farm.Source: CBS Sports/DRF 8-30-06 (http://horseracing.sportsline.com/cbs/headlines/showarticle.aspx?articleId=12578)