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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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GIO PONTI CHOICE OFFERINGS AT FASIG TIPTON

on 10/30/2014 9:47 AM
The boutique November Sale has attracted a high class selection of breeding stock at Fasig Tipton for their one night show on Monday November 3rd. Gio Ponti is represented by two choice offerings that have attractive current pedigrees. Brookdale Sales as agent for Mr. Jack Swain present hip # 44, a Gio Ponti weanling colt out of the Old Trieste mare Revealed making him a close relation to dual G1 ...
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GIO PONTI HAS HIGHEST PRICE FOR A FRESHMAN SIRE AT FASIG TIPTON OCTOBER YEARLING SALE!

on 10/24/2014 5:16 AM
A $260,000 Gio Ponti colt presented by Select Sales, as agent, posted the highest price for any first crop sire at the Fasig Tipton October Sale. He was purchased by Pick Six Racing who campaign this colt's half-brother Vyjack who recently won the G2 Kelso at Belmont. The Gio Ponti's successful new owner's principal David Wilkenfeld said, "the breeders are great people to buy from, the dam's been ...
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GIO PONTI YEARLINGS OFF TO A FLYING START IN BOOK 1, KEENELAND SEPTEMBER

on 09/11/2014 5:35 PM
The first crop of Champion Gio Ponti's yearlings were in great demand from purchasers throughout Book 1 of the Keeneland September Sale. Highlighting an impressive draft for the triple Eclipse Award winner was a colt out of the Ghostzapper mare Eltimaas beautifully presented by Peter O'Callaghan's Woods Edge Farm which realized a final bid of $450,000 for Tanma Corp. This outstanding bay is from t...
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GIO PONTI COLT ADDED TO CASTLETON LYONS RACING PORTFOLIO

on 08/11/2014 10:33 AM
8/11/14 At last night's second session of the Saratoga New York Bred Preferred yearling sale, Castleton Lyons purchased hip number 456 a colt by Gio Ponti from the consignment of Highclere for $150,000. The bay, out of the young Dynaformer mare Shoo In, is a half brother to current stakes performer Ichiban Warrior and looked and acted very much like Gio Ponti the last few days on these sales...
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