Horse of the Year Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Endorses NutraCell Labs

Elmont, NY: Kiaran McLaughlin, who trained Invasor to Horse of the Year honors in 2006, has reached an agreement to endorse NutraCell Labs, it was jointly announced today by Blake Bohinc President of NutraCell Labs and McLaughlin. NutraCell Labs is an equine supplement company that makes all natural products.

We are thrilled to have Kiaran as a spokesperson, said Bohinc. Kiaran is a true professional and a great horseman. He has been using our products for over a year now and I would like to think they have contributed to his great success.

The formulas for all NutraCell Labs products are developed by a highly trained equine nutritionist with over 40 years experience. The products they manufacture include NuStep Flex, which is an equine joint supplement, and NuCell Blood Builder which increases red blood cells, enhancing energy and oxygen levels in equine athletes. The company is based out of Red Bank, NJ with offices in Florida, California, Europe, Australia and the UAE.

McLaughlin is at the height of what has been an illustrious career. He came off a stellar campaign in 2006, where Jazil raced to victory in the 2006 Belmont Stakes, then topped that off when Invasor captured the $5 million Breeders™ Cup Classic to stamp himself as Horse of the Year. His accomplishments last year earned the acclaimed trainer the honor of being an Eclipse Award finalist for Trainer of the Year. McLaughlin picked up right where he left off in 2007 when Invasor took a major step to defending his Horse of the Year honors by conquering the $6 million Dubai World Cup in March.

Ive used a lot of joint supplement products over the years and in most cases it is hard to measure results, said McLaughlin. I saw instant results when I switched my horses to NuStep Flex. NutraCell Labs puts the utmost emphasis on equine nutrition and that is of crucial importance to me


Justwhistledixie wins Bonnie Miss

Courtesy of the Thoroughbred Times
by Jeff Apel

Justwhistledixie gained command four wide approaching the stretch and posted a 1 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2) on Friday at Gulfstream Park to earn her fifth straight victory.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Justwhistledixie was tabbed the 5-to-2 favorite in the only future wager offered for the Kentucky Oaks (G1), which closed on March 15. McLaughlin’s brother and assistant, Neil McLaughlin, said Justwhistledixie will be flown to Kentucky on Monday and will train at Keeneland Race Course prior to being shipped to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks on May 1.

Justwhistledixie entered the Bonnie Miss Stakes off three consecutive stakes wins, including the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) on March 1 at Gulfstream in her previous start. The Dixie Union filly posted her first two career stakes wins at Aqueduct, capturing the Love Affair Stakes on November 28 prior to winning the Ruthless Stakes on January 4.

The 3-to-5 favorite in the field of six three-year-old fillies entered in the Bonnie Miss Stakes, Justwhistledixie was rated off the pace at the start by jockey Julien Leparoux and raced in fourth through an opening quarter-mile in :23.33 and half-mile in :46.29. After moving up to third through six furlongs in 1:10.15, Justwhistledixie gained command on the turn and opened a half-length lead in early stretch.

Justwhistledixie edged away from runner-up Casanova Move approaching the finish and won the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:49.25 on a track rated as fast.

“Today, she won because she is a very good horse and better than the rest of them,” Leparoux said. “I really didn’t do anything special.”

Casanova Move finished 10 1/2 lengths in front of third-place finisher Hopeful Image, a 65.40-to-1 longshot. 
A half sister to Grade 2 winner Chace City, Justwhistledixie is out of the winning Honour and Glory mare General Jeanne.


Justwhistledixie dominates in Davona Dale

Courtesy of the Thoroughbred Times
by Mike Curry

Justwhistledixie sprinted clear in the stretch of her graded stakes debut to post her fourth consecutive win with a 3 3/4-length score in the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) on Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

The Dixie Union filly dueled for the early lead with 9-to-5 favorite Frolic’s Dream through an opening quarter in :24.48 but settled into an ideal stalking position in third under Alan Garcia through a half-mile in :47.39. Justwhistledixie powered past Frolic’s Dream approaching the quarter pole and shook free to a two-length advantage in early stretch.

Justwhistledixie cruised to the finish under a hand ride from Garcia to prevail in 1:37.67 on a track rated as fast.

"Ah, brother, she jumped out so well,” Garcia said. “We got up on the rail, relaxed, and did what we expected. She wanted to run today. She really pressed the express button in the last quarter-mile."

Casanova Move closed willingly under Jose Lezcano to finish second. Forward Gal Stakes (G2) winner Frolic’s Dream was another seven lengths back in third.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for owners West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm, and R. D. Hubbard, Justwhistledixie won a maiden special weight race by seven lengths in her third career start on October 13 at Belmont Park. She closed her juvenile season with a 3 1/4-length win in the Love Affair Stakes at Aqueduct on November 28 and entered the Davona Dale off a 3 1/2-length victory in Ruthless Stakes on January 4 at the Jamaica, New York, track.

"We left her up in New York early this winter because we thought she could dominate, but after she won the Ruthless, we felt she was good enough to come down here for graded stakes, which is what it's all about,” McLaughlin said. “I thought a mile would suit her.

“The timing of the Bonnie Miss [Stakes (G2) on March 27] would be good and then we hope to go on to the [Kentucky] Oaks (G1)."

Out of the winning Honour and Glory mare General Jeanne, Justwhistledixie is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Chace City. The winner of four of six career starts, she boosted her earnings to $217,927.



Making her third career start and only her second start since last May, Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play repelled Chattertown after an early speed duel, then opened up to score a 8 ¼-length victory Saturday afternoon in the 15th running of the $69,160 Dearly Precious for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast inner track.

“We got her at the two-year-old sale and she looked like a nice sprinting prospect,” said Larkin Armstrong, son of winning owner Stewart L. Armstrong. “After her first start, she had kind of an ankle issue and we wound up resting her. Kiaran (McLaughlin, trainer) was really pleased with her last race even though she didn’t break well and finished fourth. He told my father that he though she would be really tough.”

That was an understatement.

Jockey Eddie Castro and Dream Play were pushed from the start by Chattertown through a quarter mile of 23.32. After a half-mile of 46.99, Dream Play was in front by a head when she suddenly kicked clear and came home an easy winner in 1:10.86.

“She broke good and she had just a nice kick at the quarter-pole,” Castro said

Albertus Maximus Wins Donn; Dubai Next

Courtesy of The Blood Horse
by Jack Shinar

The Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) is up next for Albertus Maximus after the 5-year-old wore down a stubborn Finallymadeit in the final stages to win the $489,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31.

It was the first graded stakes win for the Shadwell Stable-owned son of Albert the Great, who was coming off a victory in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Oct. 25 over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride racing surface. Shortly after that win, Albertus Maximus was purchased privately by Shadwell and transferred to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin from Vladimir Cerin.

McLaughlin confirmed that Albertus Maximus, who defeated the pacesetting Finallymadeit by a half-length, would be pointed to the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

McLaughlin sent out Shadwell’s 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor to capture the 2007 renewal of the Donn en route to a World Cup victory.

"We're happy to win the Donn and go to World Cup with the same success we had last time," McLaughlin hopefully told HRTV.

With the victory, Albertus Maximus went over the $1-million mark in career earnings, almost all of it coming in his last two starts.

Einstein, stuck extremely wide on the first turn, tired to finish third, followed by favored Arson Squad, who never threatened as the 2-1 choice in the field of 10. The winning time was 1:50.96 for the Donn.

Ridden by Alan Garcia, Albertus Maximus paid $8.20, $4.80, and $3.20. Finallymadeit returned $26.20 and $11. The $2 exacta was $179.40. Einstein, a three-time grade I winner on grass, was $3.60 to show.

Breaking from the rail under Eduardo Nunez, 30-1 shot Finallymadeit shot to the lead and gained control on the inside in the first quarter-mile as Einstein and Albertus Maximus pressed from the outside. The fractions were comfortable -- :23.48, :47.00, and 1:11.75 -- before Albertus Maximus challenged rounding the far turn. Finallymadeit engaged Albertus Maxiumus after the latter gained a head's advantage at the eighth pole and the rivals continued their long stretch duel to the wire.

"There was no question he liked the track today," Garcia said. "He was happy and comfortable the whole time and really enjoyed himself out there. He gave me everything he had and when I turned him loose, he went on and won the race. The horse inside me kept fighting. I thought he would be dead by the quarter pole but he just kept coming and coming and never gave up.”

“I’m so happy right now I could cry," said Javier Negrete, trainer of Finallymadeit. "You’ve heard the story before, but how can you not pull for him. We were given up for dead (long odds), even before he left the barn."

Einstein, in position on the turn, paid for the wide trip under Julien Leparoux and could not keep pace with the first two in the lane, winding up two lengths behind the winner.

“Our post position (on the far outside) certainly didn’t help us out, but he was closing very well at the end," Leparoux said.

It was 3 1/4 lengths back to Arson Squad, who rallied along the inside to reach contention on the final turn but could not go on with it. Arson Squad defeated Sir Whimsey by a head for fourth. They were followed by Great Hunter and Anak Nakal. A.P. Arrow, Bullsbay, and On Board Again, all done early, were eased in the homestretch.

Albertus Maximus earned $300,000 for his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts to boost his bankroll to $1,208,230. Marianne and Brandon Chase bred Albertus Maximus in Kentucky. The bay horse is out of the Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind.

“He’s trained great on the dirt and obviously handled it well today," McLaughlin said. "He’s a very professional racehorse. We’re just grateful Sheikh Hamdan (al Maktoum) bought him after he won the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt Mile) at Santa Anita and sent him to us. It’s great for us have a horse like this in the barn. We can look forward to going to Dubai now with the same team that took Invasor two years ago. Hopefully, Alan (Garcia) gets to go, too, but that’s up to Sheikh Hamdan.”

Taqarub romps in Jimmy Winkfield

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by Mike Curry

Taqarub improved to three wins from as many starts with a front-running 8 1/4-length romp on Monday in the $70,045 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for three-year-olds at Aqueduct.

In his stakes debut, the Aldebaran colt stumbled at the start but recovered quickly under Alan Garcia and sprinted to the lead. Taqarub opened a clear lead through an opening quarter in :22.81, extended his advantage through a half-mile in :45.78, and powered away in the stretch to prevail as the 0.95-to-1 favorite.

“He stumbled at the break and repositioned himself very quickly,” Garcia said. “After that, he was in control.”

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for owner Shadwell Farm, Taqarub completed six furlongs in 1:09.29 on a track rated as fast.

“With the Shadwell connection, we’re all thinking of Bob Witham,” McLaughlin said. Witham broke horses for Shadwell for more than 20 years. He died on December 12 from injuries sustained in a fall at Camden Training Center in Camden, South Carolina.

Taqarub is out of the winning Honor Grades mare Honor Bestowed, a half sister to 1999 champion turf female Soaring Softly and Grade 1 winner Plenty of Grace.

Taqarub began his career with a one-length victory in a six-furlong maiden special weight race on November 11 at Aqueduct and entered the Jimmy Winkfield off a 1 1/4-length score in a six-furlong optional claiming race on December 4, also at Aqueduct.

“We’re pointing him toward the Fred 'Cappy' Capossela [Stakes on February 15], but he could go to Florida at any time,” McLaughlin said.

 Justwhistledixie Whistles in Ruthless

Courtesy of the Blood-Horse
By Francis LaBelle Jr.


Michele Carver Performance Horses Leading Quarter Horse Trainer

Circuit Champion
Gold Coast Circuit : Circuit Champion
Gulf Coast Circuit: Quarter Horse Congress
Top Ten Numerous Regional and State Champions

“I have a 17 year-old gelding who still competes regularly in the Northeast. He has shown for years at the highest level and qualified for the World show four years in a row in the open and youth divisions placing in the top five in two divisions and the top ten in the open division. This is the first time in over five years that we have not had to inject his hocks and stifles. The results my barn has had on Nu Step Liquid have been amazing.” “Some horses handle the stress of shipping and showing better than others. For some, we know gastrointestinal problems are a factor in preventing them from reaching their peak performance. The average boarder can not afford the high cost of keeping a horse on a daily pharmaceutical product and there are a lot of imitation products on the market that don’t work. Ulcer Aid is a product that works. I have a few horses in my barn that live on it and it has had a dramatic effect on their attitudes and their performances at horse shows. When they feel better they perform better!”

Michele Carver/Michele Carver Performance Horses One of the Nations Leading Quarter Horse Trainers


“Over the years, I’ve used a lot of blood builders and in most cases it is hard to measure results.
I saw instant results when I switched to NuCell (TM). It is clear as day when you see the blood work.
Nutra Cell Labs puts the utmost emphasis on equine nutrition and that is of crucial importance to me"

James Bond's Hostess sets course record in Glens Falls victory

by Tim Nichols


Hostess capitalized on a swift pace to score a record-setting come-from-behind win in the $108,900 Glens Falls Handicap (G3) on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by H. James Bond, Hostess completed 1 3/8 miles on firm turf in 2:11.66, an inner turf course record. Babinda (GB) previously held the inner turf course record of 2:12, set on July 26, 1997.

“She has been training so dynamite,” Bond said. “I knew we would have liked to take a shot against the colts, but this was a smart conservative way.”

Rapidly closing Palmilla finished a neck behind Hostess for second while Jade Queen was another 2¾ lengths back in third.

In a race that featured plenty of speed, Rajiv Maragh was able to get Hostess to relax as Tejida set the early pace. Tejada laid down brisk fractions of :47.40 for a half-mile and 1:11.63 through six furlongs while keen 0.55-to-1 favorite Dynaforce stalked from second.

Hostess was rated in fourth through a mile in 1:35.88 and started to accelerate entering the stretch.

“The pace was pretty steady up front and I always thought I had horse,” Maragh said. “She was real relaxed and always felt comfortable. She’s always had a good finish and she showed it today.”

As Tejida and Dynaforce wilted, Hostess unleashed a powerful turn of foot to take the lead and was fully extended to repel a strong challenge from Palmilla.

William Clifton’s five-year-old Chester House mare has two wins and two third in her last four starts, including her first career graded stakes victory in the Orchid Handicap (G3) on March 30 at Gulfstream Park.

Bond said a pair of Grade 1 races on September 27—the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park and the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1) at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park—could be next for Hostess.


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