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International Traveler Caribou Club Takes Laurel Stakes 

Glen Hill homebred prevailed in Baltimore/Washington International (G3T) Bob Ehalt 9.21.19

Glen Hill Farm's Caribou Club stalked a fast pace and rolled to his fourth win in his past six starts Sept. 21 as he triumphed by a head in the $200,000 Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup Stakes (G3T) at Laurel Park.

The victory was somewhat fitting as the 5-year-old City Zip gelding has international experience. This year he was fifth in the Highlander Stakes (G1T) at Woodbine in Canada and 13th in the $2 million Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1) at Meydan.

The well-traveled runner has raced in California, Louisiana, Maryland, Canada, Dubai, and West Virginia in the past two years.

In his previous start, he posted a 1 1/4-length score in the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup Stakes at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort for trainer Thomas Proctor.

Caribou Club and jockey Feargal Lynch worked out a great trip, sitting behind the frontrunning Macagone and grade 1 winner Glorious Empire in the early stages through a half-mile in :46.34 and six furlongs in 1:09.52.

Sweeping three wide on the turn, Caribou Club grabbed the lead in the final furlong and held off a late bid by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Frontier Market. Caribou Club paid $9 to win.

"He beat a nice field last time," Lynch said, "and this trip worked out perfectly."

Three Diamonds Farm's Cullum Road was a half-length back in third, a neck ahead of Castleton Lyons' Up the Ante.

Matthew Schera's Glorious Empire, an 8-year-old Holy Roman Emperor gelding making his first start since Dec. 15 when he won the Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2T), tired in the final furlong and finished sixth in the field of seven as the 5-2 favorite. The final time for the mile on firm turf was 1:33.35.

The win was the ninth in 21 starts for the homebred Caribou Club, who was bred in Florida and is out of the Broken Vow mare Broken Dreams.

Caribou Club Rings in New Year with Joe Hernandez Win 

Glen Hill Farm's Caribou Club rang in 2019 in style, notching his first graded stakes win of the year in the $100,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes (G3T) Jan. 1 at Santa Anita Park. The City Zip gelding is keeping his win streak alive. 

After closing out 2018 with an impressive 1 1/4-length win in the Seabiscuit Handicap (G2T) Nov. 24 at Del Mar, Caribou Club and his regular rider, Joe Talamo, made winning their New Year's resolution Jan. 1 and promptly found their way to another victory. 

It was Conquest Tsunami who led the way from the gate in the 6 1/2-furlong race on the downhill turf, clicking off fractions of :20.92 and :42.10. Caribou Club initially brought up the rear, then chased three deep on the outside down the hill. 

The field hit the top of the stretch in 1:05.37 with Conquest Tsunami still on the lead by a length. Charging hard from the back, Caribou Club cut a path through the middle of the pack and over took Conquest Tsunami as they entered deep stretch. 

The winner survived a late run from 4-5 favorite and last out Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) winner Stormy Liberal, who charged up on the outside with a three-wide rally. The effort was not enough to overtake Caribou Club, who drew away to win by 1 1/4-lengths. The final time was 1:11.66. 

"He ran such a big race his last time out here at Santa Anita, down the hill," said Talamo, referencing the gelding's third in the Sept. 28 Eddie D Stakes (G3T). "They went quick early today, so he was further back, but when they go two turns, he can lay up a little closer. ... He's a really cool horse to ride."

Stormy Liberal took second followed by Conquest Tsunami in third. Cistron, Law Abidin Citizen, Calculator, Pubilius Syrus, and Afleet Ascent completed the order of finish. 

"It's nice to win a race," trainer Tom Proctor said. "I didn't know him personally, but Joe Hernandez was calling the races here when I was a kid. He was great. He definitely had a distinctive voice with kind of a Spanish influence."

Caribou Club returned $8.60, $3.60, and $2.40 on a $2 wager. He was bred in Florida by Glen Hill Farm out of the graded stakes-winning Broken Vow mare Broken Dreams, and improved his record to 7-2-4 from 17 starts, with $504,744 in earnings. 

Caribou Club Continues Glen Hill's Roll at Del Mar

Caribou Club continued a standout weekend for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor with a 1 1/4-length score in the $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (G2T) Nov. 24 at Del Mar.

A day after Chicago Style made a wide move to take the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2T), Caribou Club saved ground under jockey Joe Talamo through much of the 1 1/16-mile turf test, angled out into the clear at the top of the lane, and surged by longshot frontrunners Secretary At War and Kenjisstorm.

"Good trip all the way around," Talamo said once the 4-year-old City Zip gelding finished the distance in 1:41.38 after Kenjisstorm set a pace of :23.75, :47.81, and 1:12.37 through six furlongs. "He was a lot closer up this time (than his last start, a third in the grade 3 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita). ... When I asked him, he had a great turn of foot. I used a saddle (recently retired Hall of Fame jockey) Gary Stevens' gave me today. When he retired, he gave me one of his saddles, and one to Mike Smith and one to Drayden Van Dyke. Now I know why he won all those stakes."

Caribou Club's stalking trip served him well, unlike favored Synchrony's. The 8-5 choice still rallied well wide to finish third, a head behind Secretary At War, but was too far back in the final turn to challenge the winner late.

"It's turf racing—what are you going to do?" said Synchrony's jockey, Joe Bravo, who also teamed with trainer Michael Stidham to win the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (G3T) with Elsa earlier on the Saturday card. "You love it and you hate it at the same time."

Big Score closed from 10th to finish fourth, 1 1/4 lengths behind Synchrony, and was followed by Kenjisstorm, He Will, Ohio, Pincheck, Le Ken, Madame Stripes, Ann Arbor Eddie, and Holiday Stone, to complete the order of finish.

Bred by Glen Hill in Florida out of the Broken Vow  mare Broken Dreams, Caribou Club now has $444,744 in earnings, a 6-2-4 record from 16 starts, and two grade 2 wins. His first came in the June 2 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine.

Chicago Style Makes Amends in Hollywood Turf Cup 11.23.18

After a near miss in the 2017 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2T), when he finished second by a neck, Glen Hill Farm's homebred Chicago Style came back to his favorite turf course and won a photo finish a year later.

Back for the 2018 Turf Cup Nov. 23 at Del Mar, where he won his prior two starts before his tight runner-up effort to Manitoulin in the 2017 edition, the Tom Proctor-trained Kitten's Joy gelding was still at the back of the pack turning for home in the 1 1/2-mile turf test, but rallied wide and edged Bigger Picture by a neck at the wire to earn his first stakes win.

Last of seven as Ashleyluvssugar led the field and set fractions of :24.51, :50.65, 1:16.25, and 1:41.79 through a mile, the complexion of the race changed late in the second trip through the backstretch. Can'thelpbelieving split frontrunners Ashleyluvssugar and Marckie's Water and turned the marathon into a sprint to the wire for the final half-mile.

That was just fine for jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who patiently guided Chicago Style to the outside late in the final turn to set up his closing kick, and the pair finished off the distance in 2:28.53.

"I knew they were going slow (early), but my horse relaxed, and I was comfortable with where we were," Van Dyke said. "He's a straightforward horse. You ask him and he gives. When it came time, I tipped him out and he went."

Beach View was blocked on the inside for much of the stretch run, but found a hole late and got up for third. Marckie's Water, Ashleyluvssugar, Ya Gotta Wanna, and Can'thelpbelieving completed the order of finish. Phil D'Amato, who trains Ya Gotta Wanna, lodged an objection against Chicago Style after his charge had to check in the stretch, but the stewards made no change to the order.

It was a sentimental victory for Proctor, who moved past his late father, Willard Proctor, in all-time stakes wins at Del Mar. They came into the Turf Cup tied with 17 stakes wins apiece at the seaside racetrack.

Bred in Kentucky, out of the Mr. Greeley mare You Go West Girl, Chicago Style now has six wins from 11 starts. He won his debut for a $16,000 claiming tag in January of 2017 at Tampa Bay Downs, then returned to win at the same claiming price against winners a month later. He has been off the market since then, and has accumulated $296,328 in earnings.

"He's had his issues, not making it to races until he was 4 and then missing most of this year, (but) all credit to (Proctor)," Glen Hill's Craig Bernick said on Twitter. "He's never changed his ways—always patient and does right by the horse. Sometimes it works out."
Summering Impresses in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Glen Hill Farm's homebred Summering followed up her eye-catching debut victory at Del Mar with her first stakes win Sept. 3 in the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Off a front-running debut score July 29 at a mile on the grass, the War Front filly trained by Tom Proctor again raced near the front of the pack in the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf with a pressing trip to the outside of longshot pacesetter Noble Contessa, then put a head in front late in the second turn.

Reddam Racing's maiden Bizwhacks loomed as a potential challenger turning for home, but couldn't keep up and was passed by Lady Prancealot for second late. Summering finished off the distance under jockey Drayden Van Dyke in 1:37.15, which was nearly two seconds slower than her debut win, but the early pace—:23.57, :48.91, and 1:13.38 through six furlongs—also was significantly slower.

"Today I had what you'd call a golden trip," Van Dyke said of the 1 1/4-length win. "She was always there and fired big. And I had a tough time pulling her up. She wanted to keep on going. She's a good one."

Bred in Florida out of the Indian Charlie mare Wishing Gate, Summering has $96,000 in earnings from her two starts. She is War Front's 75th black-type stakes winner.

"It's nice to have a filly like this—the fourth generation in the family that we've owned—win a stakes in her second start," said Glen Hill's Craig Bernick. "We'll go on to Santa Anita, and if she wins again, we'd consider the (grade 1) Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf), but she'd have to win well. One step at a time."
Cambodia Reigns Again in Yellow Ribbon
Daughter of War Front took race for second straight year.

Cambodia's affinity for the Del Mar course was on full display Aug. 4 when the daughter of War Front  handily put away her rivals to win the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T) for a second straight season.

The ocean air has often brought out the best in Winter Quarter Farm's 6-year-old mare. Three of her four graded stakes victories have come at Del Mar, with her last such win the John C. Mabee Stakes (G2T) in September.

Cambodia had dropped four straight since that outing—including a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T)—and had a particularly tough start to her 2018 season with off-the-board efforts in both the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T) and Longines Just a Game Stakes (G1T). Back over her preferred turf, the 8-5 favorite looked very much in her element Saturday.

With Drayden Van Dyke up, Cambodia rated in an outside path in fifth, then fourth as Sassy Little Lila was prompted by Ancient Secret through fractions of :23.33 and :47.03. The top two were still side by side approaching the final turn, but Cambodia ranged up three wide outside of Ancient Secret and took command at the top of the lane.

"She put me up there in the race. She's got that natural speed, and she wants to be in the race," Van Dyke said. "I was just biding my time; I had a couple to beat, but I had good aim. She likes this turf course, no doubt."

The Tom Proctor trainee opened daylight in the stretch and was never threatened as she won by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:40.51 over a firm course for the 1 1/16-mile test.

"We really wanted her to do this. I've never had a horse like this, and we decided to run her at 6, because it's such a thrill and I feel like I'm vindicated," said owner/breeder Don Robinson of Winter Quarter Farm. "She's run in two grade 1s this year, and they don't give those away. She was close (despite finishing sixth and seventh), so we thought maybe she'd make it out here. This is her spot, and she loves it."

Fellow graded stakes winner Madame Stripes got up by a head for second over Sophie P in third. Hallie Belle was fourth, with Storm the Hill rounding out the top five in the 11-horse field.

Cambodia earned her first graded win in the May 2017 Gallorette Stakes (G3T) at Pimlico Race Course and went on to prevail in last year's Yellow Ribbon by three-quarters of a length over a field that included grade 1 winner Avenge. Bred in Kentucky by Robinson and Maverick Productions out of the Smart Strike mare Sassifaction, the bay mare has won seven of 18 starts, with $778,913 in earnings.

Caribou Club Wows in G2 Connaught Cup Stakes

Glen Hill Farm's homebred Caribou Club made his mark on the Canadian turf in his Woodbine debut June 2, surging to the front in the stretch of the $175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T) to score his first graded stakes win.

Breaking from post 1 in the eight-horse field, the 4-year-old gelding—who was wearing an extension blinker—was quickly guided into a position midpack on the rail under jockey Gary Boulanger. Early pacesetter Dimension went a quarter mile in :23.42 before being challenged by Yorkton, who led through a half-mile in :45.45.

Rounding the turn, Caribou Club shifted away from the inside as the field opened up, split the dueling leaders, and forged ahead. In a final attempt to challenge, reigning Connaught Cup victor Tower of Texas rallied five wide in the stretch but was unable to get up in time.

Caribou Club pulled away to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Tower of Texas was second, with Conquest Panthera a head behind in third. Yorkton, ForgeBondurant, Camelot Kitten, and Dimension completed the order of finish.  Final time for the seven-furlong sprint for older horses was 1:20.22.

Trained by Tom Proctor, Caribou Club was sent off at odds of 8-1 and returned $18, $8.20, and $4.90. Tower of Texas paid $4.44 and $2.80, and Conquest Panthera paid $2.50.

"He's a really nice horse," Boulanger said. "Tom told Nicky (Carrillo), his assistant, 'Tell Gary you just have to help him get out of the gate because he has an extension blinker, so help him out of the gate and get him in a good position. I don't want you in the lead, but get him in a good position and he's a nice horse.' "He never got out, he didn't do anything wrong. I just had to help him out of the gate the first 20 yards. Once I got in position, I was just sitting there waiting for a spot … when I asked him, he exploded."

Bred in Florida out of the stakes-winning Broken Vow mare Broken Dreams, Caribou Club has won four of his last five starts. His record stands at 5-2-3 from 12 starts, with earnings of $305,738.
Compelled Overcomes Nine Month Layoff To Score In Mardi Gras Stakes
By Ryan Martin 2.13.18

Glen Hill Farms’ Compelled fired off the bench to take the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Fat Tuesday feature- the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes, which is run at  five-and-a-half furlongs for fillies and mares on the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.

Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden to victory by Corey Lanerie, the 4-year-old daughter of War Front came from well off of a pace set by Triple Chelsea, who set opening fractions of 22.09 and 46.27. Triple Chelsea maintained the lead at the top of the stretch but was eventually passed up by the favorite Finley’sluckycharm who did not hold the lead long and was gunned down by Compelled who captured the Mardi Gras Stakes by one length in a time of 1:04.32. Finley’sluckysharm was second and Triple Chelsea finished third.

“(She started to kick in) at the five-eighths pole,” Lanerie said. “At the three-eighths pole I kind of gathered up a little bit and wanted to stay on the inside at least through the turn where I could save some ground. I was able to work my out and find a clear run and never really thought I was going to get them until the end. She’s got a lot of class and Tom had her ready to roll.”

Meanwhile Bret Calhoun, trainer of Finley’sluckycharm, was gracious in defeat.

“You’re disappointed when you don’t win but we got what we needed,” Calhoun said. “I don’t think the surface was her favorite. (Jockey) Brian (Hernandez, Jr.) said that she just didn’t have the normal gears that she has. Turning for home he thought he would go by pretty easy. He said that she didn’t have a quick turn of foot or normal gears like she normally has. At the end of the day we would have loved to have won but we got what we needed.”

Calhoun went on to say that the 5-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy would likely point to the Grade I $300,000 Madison Stakes at Keeneland on Apr. 7.

Compelled has never been worse than third in her eight career starts and has not been beaten more than 1½ lengths. She boasts a lifetime record of 8-3-2-3 and earned $45,000 from her Mardi Gras win which enhanced her career earnings to $202,320. The Mardi Gras Stakes was the second stakes victory for Compelled. As a 2-year-old, she won Gulfstream Park West’s Juvenile Filly Turf Stakes.

She rewarded her backers in payouts of $15.40, $9 and $2.80 while Finley’sluckycharm returned $4 and $2.80 to place. Triple Chelsea brought back $2.20 to show.

Rounding out the Mardi Gras Stakes parade were Burma Road, Excessivespending, Luvin Bullies, Wheatfield, Contributing, Justa Lady, Sweetbaby, Some Say So and Go Kart (Ire.).

Photo courtesy Hodges Photo.