Peter Blum

Friday Insights: Pricey OBS Grad Makes Turf Debut At Del Mar

1st-DMR, $82K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5fT, 7:00 p.m. Picked up for $550,000 at the OBS April Sale earlier this year following a sharp :21.1 breeze, SHE IS ROMANTIC (Blame) debuts Friday out of the Peter Eurton barn for owner C R K Stable. Already a half-sister to a pair of stakes-placed horses, the filly is out of a full-sister to MSW Frolic's Revenge and a half to GSW/MGISP Super Frolic (Pine Bluff) and MSW/GSP Stormy Frolic (Summer Squall). TJCIS PPS 4th-MTH, $57K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 3:24 p.m. Debuting on...

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Occult Dominates Rivals in Monmouth Oaks

It was a Halloween exacta come early as Occult (Into Mischief) dominated the GIII Monmouth Oaks over a determined Foggy Night (Khozan), giving jockey Feargal Lynch the black-type double in New Jersey. Steadied last out in the GI Acorn at Big Sandy, but recovering well enough to finish third, the 7-5 favorite had already tasted success early this year in New York as the Busanda S. victress at Aqueduct before running fifth in the GIII Gazelle behind Promiseher America (American Pharoah). Racing four wide after the jump and settling well...

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A 'Pirate's Life For Him: Son Of Omaha Beach Is Newest 'TDN Rising Star'

Few Todd Pletcher first-time starters fail to live up to their billing if they break as 1-5 favorites and Pirate (Omaha Beach) kept that trend rolling with a three-length win to graduate at Saratoga and become the Spa's first 2023 'TDN Rising Star' and the first for his freshman sire (by War Front). Never under the radar, the 2-year-old half-brother to GI Preakness S. winner National Treasure (Quality Road) took all the money and quickly silenced any doubt about his inside draw with a quick beginning under jockey Irad Ortiz,...

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Saturday Insights: Well-Related Pirate Figures Tough On Debut

1st-Saratoga, $136K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, post time: 1:10 p.m. ET PIRATE (Omaha Beach) has been made the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the Saturday opener from the Spa and is bred to be any kind. The $350,000 Keeneland September acquisition by Starlight Racing and Harrell Ventures is the latest foal from Peter Blum's Treasure (Medaglia d'Oro), herself a debut second going this distance on Saratoga debut for Jimmy Jerkens in August 2014, who has since gone on to become a prized member of the Blum broodmare band. A mid-march foal,...

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Society Runs Them Off Their Feet In the Chicago

Few horses in training could have matched motors Saturday with Peter Blum's Society (Gun Runner), who took the GIII Chicago S. by the scruff of the neck a few strides away from the gates and never gave any of her five rivals a chance, streaking home to score in new track-record time. Drawn one from the outside, the 2-1 second favorite hit the ground running and led narrowly through the opening stages from Drifaros (Kantharos) as odds-on Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile) was content enough to sit third behind the speed....

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Blum Treasures National Impact Of Genetic 'Mono'-Poly

Even in the heyday of the great owner-breeders, it would have been remarkable for a Classic winner to represent the seventh generation of a single program. In the commercial era, it is beyond extraordinary. Yet in the long, tenuous line linking GI Preakness S. winner National Treasure (Quality Road) to his foundation mare Mono, only once did Peter Blum come close to letting it break. That was when a Mt. Livermore filly named Proposal was sold as a 2-year-old at Keeneland in 1999, for $375,000. "I sold her to John...

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No Catching Society In Cotillion

Taking full advantage of a track that was exceptionally kind to speed throughout the course of the program, Peter Blum's Society (f, 3, Gun Runner--Etiquette, by Tapit) built on a big-figure victory in the GIII Charles Town Oaks when last seen four weeks ago and ran them off their feet for a maiden Grade I victory in Saturday's $1-million Cotillion S. at Parx. Drawn the outside gate in a field of nine, the homebred was clicked up as soon as the gates flew and crossed and cleared all inside traffic,...

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Society Flies 'High' in Charles Town Oaks

Peter Blum's Society (Gun Runner) avenged her lone career defeat to date last time in the GI CCA Oaks with a thoroughly dominating performance in Friday's GIII Charles Town Oaks. Favored on the precipitous drop in class, the beautifully bred chestnut was hustled straight into the lead by Tyler Gaffalione and the duo was pressed along early by 21-1 outsider Chardonnay (Candy Ride {Arg}), with the well-backed Louisiana raider Free Like a Girl (El Deal) not far away in third. Going along easily after four furlongs in a very manageable...

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Unbeaten Society Becomes Latest Gun Runner-Sired SW for Asmussen

Society handled the stretch out and class hike Saturday evening to become the 12th stakes winner for her fast-starting sire--at least seven of which have been trained by Gun Runner's Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen. Belying odds of nearly 28-1 when unveiled by Wayne Mackey going 6 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland last October, the Peter Blum homebred was subsequently transferred to the Asmussen barn and resurfaced to take a first-level allowance going the same distance in the slop one race after the GI Kentucky Oaks May 6. Two turns...

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Gun Runner's Society Glitters Against Allowance Foes

12th-Churchill Downs, $128,924, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($80,000), 5-6, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:16.89, sy, 1 3/4 lengths. SOCIETY (f, 3, Gun Runner--Etiquette, by Tapit) graduated by a length on debut Oct. 21 at Keeneland for prior trainer Wayne Mackey and was given a 7-2 chance with first-time Lasix in this return to action. Away well, the homebred sped out to take control, zipping through a swift first quarter in :21.92. Showing the way into the lane, the chestnut was confronted by SP Ontheonesandtwos (Jimmy Creed) in the lane, but determinedly...

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Barber, Blum, Drumette Among Those Honored at TOBA Awards

Gary Barber was named 2020 National Owner of the Year, Peter Blum National Breeder of the Year and Drumette (Henny Hughes), the dam of two-time champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) and last year's GII Risen Star S. winner Mr. Monomoy (Palace Malice), was named Broodmare of the Year at the 36th annual National Awards Dinner at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa in Paris, Ky. Saturday evening. Angie Moore took home honors for National Small Breeder of the Year and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners received the Cot Campbell Racing Partnership of the Year...

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Harrison Raising Next Generation of Champions

Pulling up to the gates of Hurricane Place Farm, you can't miss the large white and blue sign with a bold headline reading, "Birthplace of Authentic-2020 Kentucky Derby winner." The farm, located just outside of Cynthiana, Kentucky, has been run by Bridie Harrison along with her husband and sons Jonathan and Daniel for the past six years. Together, the family manages the broodmare band for their sole client, breeder Peter Blum. Bridie isn't quite yet fond of the attention that comes with raising a Horse of the Year, preferring to...

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