La Verdad

July 2 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency HALF TO LA VERDAD DEBUTS AT ELLIS 4th-ELP, $37K, Msw, 2yo, 5f, 3:14p.m. FUEGO CALIENTE (Will Take Charge), a half-brother to the late champion La Verdad (Yes It's True), makes his career bow in this spot for Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. His fleet-footed half-sister won 11 black-type races and an Eclipse Award over her lengthy career for Linda Rice, earning over $1.5-million. The bay succumbed to colic in May after producing her fourth foal, a colt by Into Mischief. Out of SP Noble Fire...

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June 4 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency GUARANA RETURNS AT CHURCHILL 8th-CD, $85K, Opt. Clm. ($80K), 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 4:46p.m. Dual Grade I winner and 'TDN Rising Star' GUARANA (Ghostzapper) makes her seasonal bow Thursday beneath the Twin Spires. Demolishing the field in her debut by 14 3/4 lengths in the slop at Keeneland last April, the bay followed suit with another dominant win in Belmont's GI Acorn S. in June. Capturing the GI CCA Oaks at Saratoga next out July 21, she was second when last seen in the GI Cotillion...

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Top Mare La Verdad Euthanized After Colic Complications

La Verdad (Yes It's True), the 2015 Champion Female Sprinter, has been euthanized due to complications from colic, according to a statement issued by her owner, Sheila Rosenblum. The 10-year-old mare had recently foaled a colt by Into Mischief at Vivien Malloy's Edition Farm in Hyde Park, New York. Rosenblum posted a statement on Facebook, which read, "It is with a heavy heart that Lady Sheila Stable must announce the passing of La Verdad. The Eclipse Award-winning champion gave birth to a healthy colt by Into Mischief on Monday, May...

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Letter to the Editor: A Woman Among Men

It was about 9:15 a.m. on a chilly day at Belmont and as I headed down the aisle towards the back door of Barn 44 for what felt like the 50th time since arriving at 5:15 a.m., a hot walker stopped me in my tracks saying with a laugh, "You two started neck and neck earlier, but now she has 10 lengths on you." The woman he was referring to was top trainer Linda Rice and he couldn't have summed her up much better. A client once compared Rice to...

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The Moment of Truth

Lady Shelia Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) went wire-to-wire to annex her fourth consecutive victory in Saratoga's GII Honorable Miss H. Wednesday. The Empire-bred was sent off as the 6-5 second choice and set the pace along the rail as GI Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and 4-5 pick Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper) sat unusually close to the pace, right off La Verdad's flank through an opening quarter in :22.47. Judy the Beauty dropped back a bit in the later stages of the backstretch and La Verdad...

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