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Abounding Joy pre-race analysis with Sean Tugel

Here we go, the 2020 Stablemates Racing Syndicate is ready to get the season started with stakes action.  Abounding Joy is entered in the Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct and is installed at 5/1 on the morning line.  Abounding Joy is a filly that we had high hopes for in 2019 before going to the sidelines, she returns to Aqueduct the site of her best career race and is now in the care of the hall of fame conditioner Bill Mott.

Saguaro Row the 2-1 morning line favorite is a stakes winner over the course, winning the Pumpkin Pie Stakes in November and most recently 2nd in the   G3 Go For Wand Stakes  in December beaten by G1 winner Spiced Perfection.  Our Circle of Love is the 5/2 second choice coming off a 2nd place finish in the Garland of Roses beaten by Pauseforthecause, who Abounding Joy beat by 3 lengths in her victory at Aqueduct.

Abounding Joy has been training well and we expect a good performance.  The race is at 7 furlongs and a very difficult distance to return off a layoff, many in the field have been running over the last several months and will have a fitness advantage.  Her post position is ideal, if she is able to break well Junior Alvarado should be able to sit a nice stalking trip on the outside and be in the mix turning for home.  Abounding Joy could get tired the last eighth having not raced in 234 days but we expect a big effort.  Good luck to everyone!


Pedigree Notes: Signify

Take a closer look at SIGNIFY’s broodmare sire, Pivotal (GB)

Broodmare Sires of 2019: A Pivotal Hat Trick
by John Berry, TDN Europe 1/6/20

Through the 2019 season we seemingly never had to wait too long for the next big-race triumph for a son or daughter of a mare by Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon). It is no surprise, therefore, that the 27-year-old Cheveley Park Stud patriarch has ended the year not merely completing a hat-trick of titles as Champion Broodmare Sire of Great Britain and Ireland but also topping the European table too.

One of Pivotal’s principal advantages as a broodmare sire is, of course, that Sadler’s Wells does not appear in his pedigree, which means that the majority of Pivotal mares are compatible with Galileo (Ire) and his sons. Pivotal’s daughters were collectively responsible in 2019 for eight individual Group 1 winners in Europe who between them won 12 Group 1 races.

Three of the eight are by Galileo: Magical (Ire), Hermosa (Ire) and Love (Ire). Furthermore, Cheveley Park Stud’s homebred G1 Tattersalls Falmouth S. heroine Veracious (GB) is by Galileo’s best son Frankel (GB).

It would, though, be grossly unfair to Pivotal to attribute his success as a broodmare sire solely to the fact that his daughters are generally compatible with Galileo. For one thing, a mare has to be high-class to merit a place in Galileo’s book, whoever she is by; secondly, Pivotal’s daughters regularly produce good horses from a broad spectrum of stallions.

G1 Investec Coronation Cup winner Defoe (Ire) is by Dalakhani (Ire) whose pedigree is not merely devoid of Galileo: it is devoid of Northern Dancer entirely. Showcasing (GB), Kodiac (GB) and Fastnet Rock (Aus), sires respectively of Advertise (GB),Fairyland (Ire) and One Master(GB), are similarly free of Galileo, notwithstanding that all three hail from the other branches of the Northern Dancer sire-line.

To put Pivotal’s achievement of three consecutive Broodmare Sire Championships of Great Britain and Ireland into perspective, he ranks as only the third horse since the start of the 20th century to have topped the table three years running, following St Simon (five consecutive seasons, 1903 to 1907) and Sadler’s Wells (seven consecutive seasons, 2005 to 2011). Company does not come any more elite than that.

Read the rest of the article on the TDN