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MISS TECHNICALITY SIX LENGTHS TO THE GOOD

on 09/02/2018 11:36 AM
Miss Technicality, a juvenile daughter of Gio Ponti followed up a maiden score at Belmont last July with an easy win in the $400,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies Stakes over 8-furlongs at Kentucky Downs on Saturday. Ridden with supreme confidence by Julien Leparoux, she rewarded favorite backers here as she bided her time early and swung out wide in the straight to score by an easy six at the w...
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GIO PONTI NOMINATED AGAIN FOR HALL OF FAME

on 02/22/2018 4:58 PM
Multiple Eclipse Award winner and Castleton homebred Gio Ponti appears on the ballot list for the 2018 Hall of Fame. He is among a stellar group both equine and human including jockeys, Craig Perret, Corey Nakatani and Robby Albarado, trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs and David Whiteley and fellow Eclipse winners Blind Luck, Heavenly prize and Havre de Grace. Ballots wil be sent out to...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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ZANOTTI WINS $125,000 QUEENS COUNTY STAKES AT AQUEDUCT

on 12/23/2017 7:00 PM
The admirably consistent Zanotti won the 7th race of his career when successful in the $125,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct, December 23rd, over 9 furlongs on a sloppy main track. Stalking the field and settling in fifth early on the Gio Ponti gelding swung four wide in the stretch and showing a turn of foot like his sire used to, he quickly made ground and got up on time ...
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DREFONG IS BACK WITH STYLE!

on 08/28/2017 9:07 AM
Drefong, Gio Ponti's Eclipse Award winning sprinter from 2016, ran away with the G1 Forego at Saratoga last Saturday. Breaking from the outside jockey Mike Smith quickly gained the lead and never looked back for a stunning gate to wire victory by a geared down 4 lengths. The Champion stopped the clock at 1:21.12 for this prestigious G1 over 7 furlongs, just 2/5 outside the track record. Traine...
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WOW FACTOR FOR GIO PONTI!

on 06/15/2017 4:29 PM
Gucci Factor, a son of Gio Ponti, running in the Castleton green colors romped home today in a maiden on the main track at Belmont. Breaking on top for Joel Rosario, he maintained his lead throughout the entire race to coast home by 16 lengths over the 8 furlong trip. Trainer Christophe Clement was delighted afterwards as this was his first start since last August and potentially a lucra...
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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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