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Madame Milan Channels Her Half-Brother Barbaro With Maiden Win (Laurel Park Press Release)

LAUREL PARK PRESS RELEASE:

Madame Milan, half sister to the legendary Barbaro, breaking her maiden at Laurel Park. Photo courtesy of Laurel Park

October 13, 2017

Barbaro Sibling Madame Milan Breaks Maiden Friday at Laurel

Second-Time Starter by Bernardini Wins by 1 ¼ Lengths as 4-5 Favorite

Everything’s Copa Springs 13-1 Upset in Maiden Triumph

LAUREL, MD – Lael Stables’ homebred Madame Milan, a juvenile half-sister to 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, took advantage of a stretch out in distance to earn her first career victory in a competitive maiden special weight that kicked off Friday’s nine-race program at Laurel Park.

Madame Milan ($3.80) was favored at 4-5 in the $40,000 event that attracted 10 2-year-old fillies including progeny of Hall of Famers Ghostzapper and  Tiznow, Kentucky Derby winners Orb and Street Sense and fellow Grade 1 winners Giant’s Causeway, Ice Box, Paynter and To Honor and Serve.

By 2006 Preakness (G1) winner Bernardini out of the Carson City mare La Ville Rouge, Madame Milan completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.93 over an All Along Turf Course layout labeled firm. It was 1 ¼ lengths back to runner-up Dancingwithpaynter, who was 6 ¼ lengths clear of Luna in third.

Third by a length in her debut going about 7 ½ furlongs on the Delaware Park turf Sept. 9, Madame Milan settled under jockey Daniel Centeno from the rail post and saved ground racing in mid-pack squeezed to her outside by Ferdinada as Dancingwithpaynter took the field through fractions of 24.07 seconds, 50.29 and 1:15.84.

Madame Milan continued to gain ground inside around the far turn and into the lane before Centeno swung to the middle of the track to reel in a stubborn Dancingwithpaynter and edge clear for trainer Arnaud Delacour.

“She ran pretty good the first time at Delaware going 7 ½. I told Arnaud that going farther is going to be easier for her,” Centeno said. “Today the track was pretty soft and she broke a little slow so I just sat off the pace and waited to run and when I put her in the clear in the stretch she just took off. I went to put her outside [Dancingwithtpaynter] and she went right to the lead and galloped out real good and everything. I think the distance helped her a lot.”

Elizabeth Mateo and Mark Taylor’s Everything’s Copa swept to the lead after straightening for home and ran down pacesetting Guess What for a one-length win in Friday’s third race, a $40,000 maiden special weight for fillies and mares 3 and older.

Everything’s Copa ($29.20), a sophomore daughter of Malibu Moon who drew in off the also-eligible list, found herself wide and in the clear around both turns from her far outside post under jockey Sheldon Russell. They moved into a contending position at the top of the stretch and collared Guess What approaching the wire to win in 1:49.90 over a firm Dahlia Turf Course.

It was 1 ½ lengths back to Stated in third. Peace Front, the 5-2 favorite from New York-based trainer Chad Brown, was never in contention and faded to sixth.

Everything’s Copa was making her eighth career start and second at Laurel, where she was sixth behind In the Lee, subsequent allowance winner that was fourth in the Commonwealth Oaks (G3), and next-out winners West Coast Bias and Kitten Smitten June 30.

“We liked her all the time and finally today she threw a nice race,” winning trainer Guadalupe Preciado said. “Every time she ran we thought she’d be OK but [she lost] seven times. I think now she’ll go to Florida.”

 For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com.

 

 

Dickinson Returns A Winner At Laurel (Press Release)

Photo via Laurel Park
Photo via Laurel Park

April 3, 2016
Contact: david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.658.7156

LAUREL, MD – It didn’t take long for Michael Dickinson to find himself back in the winner’s circle

The Maryland-based trainer won with the first horse he saddled since retiring in 2007 when Augustin Stable’s Tide Is High, who had not run since September, went wire-to-wire in an entry-level allowance race late Saturday on the turf at Laurel Park.

It was the first time Dickinson saddled a horse as a licensed trainer since Dec. 8, 2007 at Turfway Park. It was also Dickinson’s first trip to Laurel since 2003 when he won two graded-stakes in one day. A Huevo won the 2003 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G1) and Tapit won the Laurel Futurity (G2).

“I’ve really enjoyed my training again. I came back to train because I want to train and I enjoy it,” said Dickinson, who decided to return to training last summer. “I love training on the farm.

“Today, I’m not too pleased.  She’s a good horse, I didn’t train her very well. She used to run off a little bit last year and I thought I had her relaxed and I didn’t.  So I’m not pleased, I’m not even a tiny little bit pleased.  I might be relieved, but at least we had a winner.  But we’ve got to do much better than that.”

Dickinson retired from training in 2007 after having won 587 races, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup races with Da Hoss in 1996 and 1998. Since 2007, Dickinson spent his time inventing and developing the Tapeta Surface, a synthetic racing surface now used by racetracks all over the world and named after Dickinson’s farm, Tapeta Farm, in North East, MD.

When asked if he has any new training methods this time around, the Yorkshire, England native, who is now 66, said he has many new methods to apply to his craft.

“Oh yes, a zillion different things…a very different Michael Dickinson trainer,” he said.  “I didn’t do very well before, I want to do better this time. That’s why I’ve come back because I didn’t think I did very well and I want to prove to myself that I’m not quite as bad as I thought I was.”

Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. . For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.658.7156