MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER SYNCHRONY EYES THREE-PEAT FAIR GROUNDS STAKES

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Barn Notes:  Monday, January 20, 2020

  • MULTIPLE GRADED STAKE WINNER SYNCHRONY AIMING TOWARDS FAIR GROUNDS STAKES (G3)
  • AMOSS HAS HIGH HOPES FOR CHARMING LADY

 

 

MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER SYNCHRONY

EYES THREE-PEAT FAIR GROUNDS STAKES

 AMOSS CARRIES HIGH HOPES FOR IMPRESSIVE DEBUT WINNER CHARMING LADY

 

New Orleans (Monday, January 20, 2020) – In his fourth local work since finishing a close eighth in the City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park on October 5, Pin Oak Stable’s 7-year-old homebred Synchrony breezed six furlongs in 1:14.00 over a fast track on Monday morning at Fair Grounds. He continues to prepare for the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) (Formerly known as Fair Grounds Handicap) on Feb. 15, a race he has won the last two years.

The son of Tapit added two graded stakes wins to his resume in 2019. After successfully defending his title in the Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) in February, the Michael Stidham trainee followed up with a third place finish to Horse of the Year finalist Bricks and Mortar in the locally run Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2), a race he had won the year prior, in March. That is Synchrony’s only loss in five career starts over the Stall-Wilson turf course.

After a seventh place finish in the Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs in May, Synchrony would bounce back with heartbreaking second in the Monmouth Stakes (G2) at Monmouth Park on May 25. He secured his second graded stake win of 2019 in the King Edward Stakes (G2) at Woodbine at the end of June.

Following his victory in Canada, Synchrony would close his 2019 campaign with a fifth in the Woodbine Mile (G1) and a close eighth (beaten only 1 1/2 lengths) in the City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2).

“We are planning on having him ready for the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) on February 15 ($150,000, nine furlongs turf),” trainer Mike Stidham said. “We left him in Kentucky and gave him six weeks off at KESMARC (equine therapy and rehab) where he got away from the racetrack routine and just did some work on the AquaTred. We brought him in fresh and I feel like he’s good as he’s ever been right now.”

The 7-year-old Synchrony owns a career record of 25-9-4-6 ($908,652). A win in the Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) would leave him just dollars shy of achieving millionaire status.

 

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Tom Amoss, trainer of Charming Lady, a well-bred 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who won impressively on debut as the odd- on favorite on Saturday Jan.18 (1:10 4/5 * 83 Bris Speed figure):

 “She was a 2-year-old purchase ($400,000) at the Fasig Tipton Mid Atlantic sale,” Amoss said. “I got her over the summer and she just wasn’t ready to run in the afternoons yet. We started again with her in the fall with her. She prepared well and we had high expectations going into the race. She threw us a curveball when she didn’t break well. She’s always been sharp from the gate, but she still put in a really nice performance.”

“We’re excited about her,” Amoss continued. “After not breaking well she rated nicely behind horses and accelerated when she had the opening. Eventually we want to stretch her out to two turns. That’s where the big races are so we’re going to work on trying to get her to go longer, I just don’t know if it’s going to be in her second career race.”

 

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About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, one of the nation’s oldest racetracks, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global

Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 13 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 148th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 107 th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 28, 2019 through March 29, 2020. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

Information set forth in this press release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) provides certain “safe harbor” provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are made pursuant to the Act. The reader is cautioned that such forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time and/or management’s good faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations, including the impact of natural and other disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in respect of such losses; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; legalization of online real money gaming and sports wagering in the United States, and our ability to capitalize on and predict such legalization; the number of people attending and wagering on live horse races; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; security breaches and other security risks related to our technology, personal information, source code and other proprietary information, including failure to comply with regulations and other legal obligations relating to receiving, processing, storing and using personal information; payment- related risks, such as chargebacks for fraudulent credit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; compliance with payment processing and payment transmission regulations; work stoppages and labor issues; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; the inability of our totalisator company, United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; weather conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; increased competition in the horseracing business; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; declining popularity in horseracing; seasonal fluctuations in our horseracing business due to geographic concentration of our operations; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; the cost and possibility for delay, cost overruns and other uncertainties associated with the develop.m.ent and expansion of casinos; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; impact of further legislation prohibiting tobacco smoking; geographic concentration of our casino business; changes in regulatory environment for our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; increase in competition in the advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; inability to retain current customers or attract new customers to our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; and failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment in our ability to offer advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming.

 

 

 

 

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