Ron Magers is the popular television news anchor for WLS-TV (ABC-7) in Chicago, the No. 1 rated newscast in the metropolitan area, and a successful horse owner and breeder in Illinois. In partnership Ron raced the Illinois-bred stakes winner Full Retail ($452,159), the Alzao stakes winner Song of Africa (the first horse to wear the Monty Roberts blanket into the starting gates in New York), and Grade 2 winner Lemhi Go ( $330,805) — the subject of the post Danger for Frank and Darley in Russia.
Ron, like me, likes a good story, and he had the other half of the story to my blog post on Lemhi Go:
“I just read your piece on the Quiet American/Lemhi Go colt who is two for two in Russia and aiming for the Russian Derby. I raced Lemhi Go and bred her first three foals. One of my partners in racing and breeding is Rob Marcocchio from Chicago. You may remember him from many years ago when he brought Flying Pocket to New York, and I know he sometimes spoke to you by telephone in those days. Rob tells me you are a man who appreciates a horse story so let me tell you one.
“I claimed Lemhi Go for $16,000 in Chicago. She went on to win more than $300,000 on the track and was a multiple graded stakes winner. Our trainer was Bobby Voelkner, who is now the assistant racing secretary at Calder. We sold her first foal, a Gone West filly, to Sheik Ahmed Salman for $650,000. I kept her second foal, a Summer Squall filly. We then sold Lemhi Go in foal to Unbridled for $450,000. Not bad for a 16k claimer!!
“I raced Temporada, the Summer Squall filly, who broke her maiden at first asking then developed physical problems and was retired. We also bred her hoping to continue the female line from Lemhi Go. Her second foal, an Afternoon Deelites colt, was stakes placed in Illinois competition and was fighting his way through some physical issues when he dropped dead of a heart attack during a morning gallop. It was a difficult loss as we thought he had great potential. Her third foal, a Mr. Greeley filly, also showed real promise but while she was laid up to recover from ankle chip surgery she perished in a barn fire.
“During this time I had sold Temporada as I believed we would continue breeding the line through the Mr. Greeley filly. After that tragedy, Mr. Marcocchio and I bought Temporada back, in foal to Kafwain. We now are continuing the Lemhi Go line with a Kafwain filly, who we dropped into the Illinois program and just last week we had a Rockport Harbor colt. We’d love to have a Russian Derby winner in the pedigree but we didn’t even know there was such a thing.
“Do they race on grass or dirt and what is the distance for their derby?”
Ron, thanks for that bit of info. You also might be interested to know that Lemhi Go’s 2004 daughter by Coronado’s Quest, Gold Ingot, is presently running for 5k (in case you want to add another daughter to your band).
As for the Russian Derby, the US-bred Monomakh won the 2400-meter race last year at the Central Moscow Hippodrome, on dirt, I believe. Bred in Kentucky by G.W. Humphrey Jr.and W.S. Farish, Monomakh is By the A.P. Indy stallion Mineshaft out of the $310,233 Danzig stakes winner Everhope. He sold for $12,000 at Keeneland September in 2006 and is owned by the powerful Donskoi Stud — the leading outfit over there. He defeated the US-bred Dynaformer colt Palander, a $45,000 yearling at the same Keeneland sale, as well as the highly regarded US-raced Racecar Rhapsody — 2nd in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Russia, however, is a Part III country in International Cataloguing Standards, and its races do not get international black type.
Russian Derby (Classic)
Racetrack: Central Moscow Hippodrome
Reserved for: 3yo colts&fillies
Category: Group I
Prize:RUR 2 000 000
|Place||Horse (Sire/Dam)||Num.||Time||Margin||Owner||Trainer||Jockey||Weight||Prize (RUR)|
(Mineshaft / Everhope)
|8||2.39,2||Donskoi Stud||Chuguyevets Alexander||Melekhov Vladimir||58||1 000 000|
(Dynaformer / Inventing Paradise)
|12||2.39,8||3||Shulzhenko V.M.||Kasayev Khusey||Kappushev Magomet||58||500 000|
(Broad Brush / Stormin Winnie)
|6||2.40,0||1||Donskoi Stud||Chuguyevets Alexander||Kirshin Andrey||58||300 000|
(Tale Of The Cat / Reflect The Music)
|5||2.41,4||7||Kadyrov R.A.||Kolesnikov Sergey||Fortune Andrew||58||140 000|
(Lemon Drop Kid / Naughty Natisha)
|11||2.41,8||2||Kadyrov R.A.||Kolesnikov Sergey||Ulubayev Hamzat||58||60 000|
(Malibu Moon / Wendy’s Daughter)
|7||2.43,4||8||Khakhonin A.A., Efros S.M.||Kantakuzin Maxut||Kruglykhin Stanislav||56|
(Daylami / Wimple)
|4||2.44,7||6 1/2||Kadyrov R.A.||Petin Sergey||Petin Sergey||58|
(Corvinius / Strictly Ballroom)
|10||2.46,7||10||Kavkaz Stud||Perederiy Sergey||Markov Vitaliy||56|
(Bor / Eskalada)
|3||2.48,5||9||Voskhod Stud||Petriy Ivan||Liakhov Andrey||56|
(Rahy / Gold Sunrise)
|2||2.54,8||dist.||Jockey Club Racing LLC||Derov Amirbek||Ivanskoi Alexander||58|
(Holy Bull / Dance Dance Dance)
|1||2.55,3||2 1/2||Ermolenko A.V.||Safonov Alexander||Perederiy Anatoliy||58|
(Montalban / Slobodka)
|9||3.01,5||dist.||Nasibov M.N.||Petriy Ivan||Avidzba Djaubey||58|