Sol Kumin

What Was Your Favorite Moment of 2023: Sol Kumin

As 2023 draws to a close, the TDN is asking industry members to name their favorite moment of the year. Send yours to [email protected] "For me personally, National Treasure winning the Preakness! It was my third win in my favorite race of the year. My favorite racing moment outside of my stable was watching Jena (Antonucci) win the Belmont S. Pure joy! Loved seeing it." --Sol Kumin

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OwnerView Accepting New Owner of the Year Nominations

OwnerView is accepting nominations for the 2023 New Owner of the Year Award, Sponsored by 1/ST Racing, which recognizes a Thoroughbred owner new to the game who has been successful and has had a positive impact on the industry. To qualify for consideration, nominees must have made their first start as a Thoroughbred owner in the last four years (since 2020), had an ownership stake in a horse at the time it won a stakes race in the past 12 months and had a verifiable owner license in 2023. Thoroughbred...

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Kentucky Derby 149 Early Impressions: Dr. Barry Eisaman on Practical Move

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - TDN Senior Racing Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of leading GI Kentucky Derby contenders to get their 'Early Impressions.' After pairing up matching 100 Beyer Speed Figures for trainer Tim Yakteen while capturing the GII San Felipe S. and GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, Practical Move (Practical Joke) has firmly established himself as the best of the west heading into the Kentucky Derby. Last term's GII Los Alamitos Futurity winner brought $230,000 from owners Leslie and Pierre Amestoy and Roger Beasley out of the...

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OBS Grad Practical Move Looking for Roses

Pierre Jean Amestoy Jr. has never been to the Kentucky Derby. Not even as a spectator. However, the 2023 renewal may very well change that fact after Practical Move (Practical Joke), who he owns in partnership with his wife Leslie and Roger Beasley, stamped himself a major Classic contender with a victory in last weekend's GII San Felipe S. at Santa Anita. "My wife and I were very emotional after the win," said Pierre Amestoy. "It was phenomenal. It was exhilarating. We're just elated." "I guess we're heading to the...

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Unique Partnership of Breeders Brings Mind Control to New York

Tenacious to the end, Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable's Mind Control (Stay Thirsty) closed out his career with a win in the 2022 GI Cigar Mile, his third Grade I win and his 11th black-type victory. In a remarkable 29 starts over five years, Mind Control amassed total winnings of $2,185,834. In that race, as in all of Mind Control's stakes wins, he beat an impressive field of competitors, including favored Zandon, White Abarrio, and Get Her Number. Big numbers, indeed. Numbers, as it turns out, will also be...

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At Los Alamitos, Kumin the Breeder Beats Kumin the Owner

As the field crossed the wire in Saturday's GII Los Alamitos Futurity, Sol Kumin experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all at once. Kumin is the co-owner of second-place finisher Carmel Road (Quality Road) and third-place finisher Fort Bragg (Tapit). They ran well but couldn't outrun Practical Move (Practical Joke). Along with Chad Brown, Kumin bred, but does not own, the race winner. "It was cool because I always loved the winner's dam, Ack Naughty (Afleet Alex)," he said. "Would I have loved to see one...

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Mind Control Stays Put at Rockridge Stud

Red Oak Stable (Stephen P. Brunetti) and Madaket Stable's (Sol Kumin) Mind Control (Stay Thirsty--Feel That Fire, by Lightnin N Thunder) winner of the GI $750,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 3 in the final start of his career, will stand at Rockridge Stud in New York under the management of Irish Hill Farm, Dutchess Views Stallions, Hidden Lake Farm and Rockridge Stud. The five-year-old is out of a stakes-winning mare and is priced at $8,500 LFSN. Mind Control won the GI Hopeful S. as a 2-year-old and the...

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Sol Kumin Pledges $5,000 One-Day Matching Donation to TAA Holiday Campaign

Sol Kumin has pledged to match all donations up to $5,000 made to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Dec. 14 as part of the TAA's month-long Holiday Giving Campaign. "I believe as owners we have an obligation to make sure that these horses have a safe place to land when the crowds are gone and their racing days are over," said Kumin, Madaket Stables. "The TAA works tirelessly to not only ensure that these safe places exist, but that they also get the funding necessary to move on to their second...

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Kumin Joins The Steeplechase Community

If you check out the entries for the second race at Tennessee's Percy Warner Park, the Sloan maiden hurdle, and notice the connections of first-time starter Montmartre d'Ange (Fr) (Montmarte), they will look quite familiar. The 4-year-old is owned in part by prominent Thoroughbred owner Sol Kumin's Madakat Stable (along with Paul and Molly Willis, and CFC Stables). Kumin has been involved in the likes of Triple Crown winner Justify, Monomoy Girl, Lady Eli, Midnight Bisou, Yoshida, Whitmore, Mind Your Biscuits, Authentic, Exaggerator, and Catholic Boy. So how did Kumin...

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Baffert Reveals Names of Owners Allegedly on Verge of Leaving Him

In response to an order from a federal judge for trainer Bob Baffert to reveal specifically which of his existing clients have told him they may pull horses from his care if his banishment by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) is allowed to continue, Baffert's legal team on Friday provided the court with a list of five Thoroughbred owners who are allegedly considering splitting with the Hall of Fame conditioner. According to a one-page letter filed electronically by attorney W. Craig Robertson just minutes before the judge's mandated noon...

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Miami Voice Tops Arqana Online Sale

Miami Voice (Ire) (Shalaa) (lot 1), a debut winner at Fontainebleau on Mar. 12 for trainer Alessandro Botti, topped three lots sold during Arqana Online's latest sale on Friday. The 3-year-old colt was bought for €250,000 by Mandore International Agency and Meridian International, with Nicolas de Watrigant explaining the transaction was made on behalf of a partnership. "We've bought him for a syndicate that is made up of Alain Jathiere, Gerard Augustin-Normand, Carlo Ancelotti and Sol Kumin", de Watrigant said. "He'll continue his career with Alessandro Botti." Miami Voice is...

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GSW Air Strike to Stand in Ohio

Grade II winner Air Strike (Street Sense--Omnitap, by Tapit) has been acquired by Daryl and Sally Duncan and will enter stud at their Duncan Farms in Warsaw, Ohio in 2021. Raced in partnership by Sol Kumin's Madakat Stables, Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig, Air Strike won the GII Triple Bend S. at Santa Anita as a 4-year-old in 2019. Also fourth in last year's GI Bing Crosby S. and GI Forego S., the bay retired with career earnings of $338,810. "We were looking to add a true dirt-sprint pedigree...

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