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HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FOR GIO PONTI

on 03/09/2017 10:00 AM
Castleton homebred Champion and resident sire Gio Ponti, is one of eleven finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot. The other equine nominees are Goldikova and Kona Gold while the remainder is made up of a mixture of jockeys and trainers, Robby Albarado, Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza, Garret Gomez, Craig Perret for the pilots, while trainers are represented by Mar...
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CASTLETON GIO PONTI HOMEBRED IN SMOOTH DEBUT

on 03/04/2017 4:43 AM
Earler today, Ponti Scheme a sophomore Gio Ponti filly bred by Castleton Lyons delivered in her first start with a smooth victory in an eight furlong turf maiden at Tampa. With meet leading jockey Daniel Centeno in the irons. she reminded onlookers of her sire as she settled easily towards the rear of the nine strong field and came with a steady run around the bend facing a wall of horses but quic...
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PERFECT TACO STAKE

on 02/26/2017 4:28 AM
Taco, the three-year-old Gio Ponti colt, made it four wins from as many lifetime starts when winning the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston last night. The Rose Hill bred started off with two victories at Gulfstream, followed up with another at the Fair Grounds before venturing to black-type company at Sam Houston in Texas. Racing mid-division for much of this 8 1/2 furlong turf test, he made re...
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GIO PONTI'S DREFONG WINS ECLIPSE AWARD

on 01/23/2017 9:25 AM
Drefong won an Eclipse Award for the 2016 Champion Sprinter at the prestigious industry-wide ceremony last Saturday night. Unbeaten in four starts as a sophomore, the son of Gio Ponti easily annexed two allowances at Santa Anita earlier in 2016, before graduating into G1 company in the King's Bishop at Saratoga last August. Drefong was never seriously challenged here as he came home 3 1/4 lengths ...
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DREFONG REIGNS SUPREME IN SPRINT

on 11/07/2016 6:27 AM
Drefong, despite being bumped at the start, muscled his way to the lead early in the $1.5m Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trading blows with Masochistic for much of the contest, the Gio Ponti colt got the best of his rival deep stretch, found another gear and stormed home to win by 1 3/4 lengths at the wire. This was an excellent training performance from Bob Baffert a...
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GIO PONTI'S DREFONG, FEATURED IN DAILY RACING FORM

By Mark Simon on 10/28/2016 9:03 AM
Barbara D. Livingston Drefong posted 103 Beyers in his last two wins sprinting.   Gio Ponti had all the qualities an owner wants in a racehorse. He had class, ran a route, could run on any surface – especially turf – and won three Eclipse Awards. So how did he sire a horse such as Drefong, a high-class sprinter on dirt, in his first crop? When Gio Ponti went...
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DREFONG, WIRE TO WIRE IN G1 KETEL ONE KING'S BISHOP!

on 08/29/2016 5:01 AM
August 27, 2016 Drefong broke on top from the widest draw and rolled home an easy 3 1/4 length winner of the G1 King's Bishop at Saratoga this afternoon. The son of Gio Ponti was making his debut in stakes company and made it look easy for owner Charles Chu, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. Never threatened over the seven furlong trip, the colt has now won his last four races by an aggr...
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ANOTHER STAKES WINNER FOR GIO PONTI

on 07/28/2016 12:46 PM
July 28, 2016 Planchart, a three-year-old filly by Gio Ponti out of the Castleton Lyons mare Tarrip, won the Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes at Galway earlier today. Racing in the colors of Pat Garvey and trained by Andy Slattery, the filly turned in a resolute performance over the 7 furlong trip. Well placed throughout, she collared the pacemaker Rayisa and drew alongside in the final ...
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DREFONG POSTS 103 BEYER

on 07/15/2016 5:05 AM
July 4, 2016 Baomoa Corporation's Drefong won for fun again at Santa Anita in a 6 1/2 furlong allowance for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. Settling in second early, the son of Gio Ponti took control leaving the backstretch and cruised home by 5 1/4 lengths under a motionless Smith to improve his record to 3 for 4 lifetime. He earned a Beyer of 103 which currently is the co-highest fig...
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CLASSIC GIO PONTI

on 07/04/2016 8:18 AM
July 3rd 2016 Sir Dudley Digges from the first crop of Gio Ponti, won the prestigious CAN$1million Queen's Plate over ten furlongs at Woodbine earlier today. Racing in the colors of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the Mike Maker trainee was very well ridden by jockey of the moment Julien Leparoux who had the colt in a good position throughout, racing early in 6th, progressing around the far turn betwe...
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EASY FOR DREFONG AT SANTA ANITA

on 05/31/2016 6:20 AM
May 31, 2016 Drefong made his seasonal debut in a six furlong main track allowance at Santa Anita last night, winning with ease to register a Beyer of 97. Breaking very well in the hands of Mike Smith the Gio Ponti colt sped through fast fractions to assert in the straight and win by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths. Racing in the colors of Baoma Corporation, the Bob Baffert trainee accounted for a us...
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DREFONG EARNS 88 BEYER WITH SCINTILLATING SHOW AT DEL MAR

on 11/15/2015 6:09 AM
November 15, 2015 Drefong broke his maiden today at Del Mar over 6 furlongs on the main track. Breaking in front, the $450,000 Keeneland September Sales graduate shot clear to lead wire to wire, and win by an eventual 9 1/2 lengths. The colt has obviously learnt a lot from his first green trip a few weeks ago at Santa Anita, as trainer Bob Baffert had him ready to roll here under jockey Martin Ga...
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$250,000 GIO PONTI COLT TOPS OBS SALE

on 10/15/2015 6:21 AM
October 15, 2015 A very classy individual by Gio Ponti out of the Dixie Union mare Groovitude easily topped the OBS Fall Mixed  and Horses of Racing Age Sale last night in Ocala. Conquest Stables bid $250,000 for the colt consigned by Ciaran and Amy Dunne's Wavertree Stables and he will hopefully prove to be a exciting addition to the Mark Casse barn. The colt had worked 3/8ths in 33 flat ea...
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PIRELLONE WIRE TO WIRE FOR GIO PONTI AT BELMONT

on 10/08/2015 4:10 PM
October 8, 2015 Pirellone, a juvenile colt by Gio Ponti fulfilled the promise of an encouraging debut by wining an eight furlong maiden at Belmont earlier today. Owned by PHS Racing and trained by Ralph Nicks the colt ran an excellent second at Saratoga in September to subsequent G1 Champagne winner Greenpointcrusader. A warm order today he was already three clear at the first and second splits c...
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RISING SUN WINNER FOR GIO PONTI

on 09/27/2015 11:29 AM
September 27, 2015 American Heaven, a two-year-old colt by triple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti, won first time out in a maiden at Nakayama earlier today. Bred by Bruce Smart, the $90,000 Keeneland September Sales graduate, turned in an impressive performance for owner Katsumi Yoshizawa in this ten furlong test. Travelling three wide, with some cover, the colt was switched to the outside by jock...
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LOU STORMS HOME!

on 09/16/2015 5:56 PM
September 16, 2015 In a manner reminiscent of her sire Gio Ponti, Lou, a two-year-old filly showed an impressive turn of foot to win a maiden special weight at Indiana Downs earlier today. The debutant was bred by her owner Thad Ackel and won over five furlongs of the turf track for trainer Paul Holthus. At the bell, jockey Rodney Prescott found himself towards the rear of the twelve strong field...
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GIO PONTI STRIKES AT WOODBINE

on 07/31/2015 5:50 PM
Most Inspiring won race 5, a $55,900 maiden special weight at Woodbine earlier today giving triple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti his first winner in North America. The juvenile filly is owned by Derek Chin, trained by Danny Vella and was ridden to a 3 ¼ length victory by Luis Contreras. The grey or roan filly is out of Chemise and was bred by Corner Farm and John Behrendt. Congratulation...
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OPPENHEIM PICKS GIO PONTI AS # 1 FRESHMAN SIRE

on 02/11/2015 3:47 AM
February 11, 2015 Renowned pedigree consultant and industry expert, Bill Oppenheim had this to say in today's Thoroughbred Daily News regarding first runners for freshman sires in 2015: "There are plenty of worthy candidates, but GIO PONTI, who went to stud for $20,000 in 2012 and is now down to $15,000, is my number one pick. There are two reasons I really like this horse. First is his form: ...
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GIO PONTI TO THE FORE AT FASIG TIPTON

on 11/04/2014 5:39 AM
At last night's boutique Fasig Tipton November Sale, a colt by Gio Ponti and a mare pregnant to the Champion sold well in a catalog that contained some of the best and most current pedigrees of 2014. Early in the evening a weanling out of Revealed brought $175,000 to the bid of Springdell Farm, LLC. This colt is a three parts brother to dual G1 winner Belle Galantey, victorious in the Delaware Han...
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GIO PONTI HAS GREAT SELECTION OF IN FOAL MARES AND WEANLINGS AT KEENELAND NOVEMBER

on 10/30/2014 10:40 AM
The marathon Keeneland November Sale kicks off on Tuesday November 4th with a catalog containing plenty of opportunity for buyers to acquire a mare pregnant to Gio Ponti or to buy a weanling by him. There are a bakers dozen of mares in foal to the three time Eclipse Award winner in this sale by many exciting broodmare sires including Lemon Drop Kid, Theatrical, El Prado, Victory Gallop, Maria's Mo...
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