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Actually to be factful, the horses was sourced and selected by Henry Field (Newgate Farm / SF Bloodstock), who convinced his partners CHC and Winstar Farm to buy the horse.  Michael signed the docket. 

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On 6/10/2018 at 7:44 PM, Baz (NZ) said:

Belmont Stakes to a Kiwi?:o

Not just a Belmont, a triple crown, the second in four decades. I agree. Take a bow Michael Wallace. I think the thread initiator knows enough about the game to be able to say what he did. It's a  tough gig and this kind of result might be lucky, but is rare indeed and a magnificent accomplishment.

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17 hours ago, La Zip said:

Actually to be factful, the horses was sourced and selected by Henry Field (Newgate Farm / SF Bloodstock), who convinced his partners CHC and Winstar Farm to buy the horse.  Michael signed the docket. 

Did you add the bit that Michael has a share and that George Sorros also bought into the horse. And in this country, what did our esteemed leaders do about promoting this?.....nhetts, naghda, zip butt nothing....a disgrace.

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3 minutes ago, Berri said:

Did you add the bit that Michael has a share and that George Sorros also bought into the horse. And in this country, what did our esteemed leaders do about promoting this?.....nhetts, naghda, zip butt nothing....a disgrace.

I cant believe some people are trying to say Michael Wallace had little to do with it...he is part of the buying team foe CHC and he is one of the key members....why cant the knockers just get out and say bloody well done and what a super effort...he is a part of history and bloody good luck to him I say.

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No Berri, the actual ownership is Winstar Farms, Newgate Farms, and SF Bloodstock, who is Souris Fund, one of the original investors in Newgate.China Horse Club is also in the ownership.

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La Zip doesn't know shit about how the horse was bought or who is in on it. George Sorros made an investment in the horse through one of his vehicles. Michael was very much a part of the selection game. Get it right. Why knock any part of the game....the achievement is extraordinary, whether a whole or bit part in the play.....and it takes a team to play the game properly.

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4 hours ago, Berri said:

La Zip doesn't know shit about how the horse was bought or who is in on it. George Sorros made an investment in the horse through one of his vehicles. Michael was very much a part of the selection game. Get it right. Why knock any part of the game....the achievement is extraordinary, whether a whole or bit part in the play.....and it takes a team to play the game properly.

No one is knocking the horses achievement although it hardly appears to be a vintage year for US 3 year olds. What some are bemused about is how many "bit".. sorry team players there has to be. We all know in racing many involved in a success never get recognition e.g. the stable hand who spends hours with the horse daily in that regard big cheer to the McKee's for allowing Clare Bird exposure with Sunline.

An interesting question is who deserves the most accolades for a horses success. Sure in a team they all contribute but when it comes to bloodstock agents they aren't all that necessary. In the final scheme of things there is still a horse, a breeder, an owner, a trainer, a jockey, even a vet and blacksmith. If Michael Wallace deserves praise its for being a major part of the China Horse Club. Pity its not the NZ Horse Club.

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Top effort by Justify  whoever was involved and although form could look weak it's all to play out culminating at Churchill Downs in the BC Classic in November. The second Gronkowski was given a few runs on the All Weather in UK to prep for Kentucky before he got sick and was transfered to Chad Brown so hes probably got bit of improvement .All weather form always looked down on a bit in UK in general.For Justify to slog through the bog at Churchill Downs then through the bog and fog at Pimlico then tough it out on a tough dirt track at Belmont in little over 5 weeks he must have some ticker. Not sure the older ranks in US are top grade this year unless I've missed one so he could be set for good backend. Glad for Mike Smith as felt sorry for him few years back in  Zenyatta's  last race.He seems a down to earth decent bloke when he's interviewed.

 

 

 

 

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Thousands of yearlings get sold each year, but only 13 horses have won the US Triple Crown in the history of the sport, so being tasked with trying to find a colt capable of achieving such a colossal feat at public auction makes looking for a needle in a haystack seem easy.

But at Keeneland back in September 2016, the combined might of the China Horse Club's Michael Wallace and Mick Flanagan, SF Bloodstock's Tom Ryan, Newgate Farm's Henry Field, and Elliott Walden and David Hanly from WinStar Farm unearthed the holy grail when they selected Justify from a mammoth catalogue of 4,479 yearlings.

Having been picked up for $500,000, the Bob Baffert-trained colt wrote his name into history books on Saturday when his Belmont Stakes romp saw him become just the second horse to land the Triple Crown with an undefeated record, equalling the achievement of Seattle Slew back in 1977.

"It's a sort of surreal feeling to be there and see that happen," says Wallace on his Belmont Stakes experience. "It was an amazing day and he's an amazing horse. You never dream of having a horse, or an opportunity, like this. It's something I'll remember forever."

Those sentiments were echoed by Wallace's China Horse Club colleague Flanagan, who said: "It's absolutely huge and like the other lads, I just feel very lucky to have had the experience.

"We're definitely in awe of the horse, he's something very, very special. I went out to Belmont on Sunday morning to look at him, and physically and mentally he's just a beast from a different planet."

The strapping son of Scat Daddy is owned in partnership between the China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, and selecting him from the thousands of yearlings at the 2016 edition of Keeneland's September Sale was very much a collaborative effort too.

"The way it works is myself and Michael Wallace go off through the barns and do up our shortlists, as do Tom Ryan and Henry Field, and Elliott Walden and David Hanly do the same," explained Flanagan. "We meet up every evening and whatever is left on all three shortlists goes to the next phase, being vetted et cetera.

"We all have to agree on a horse though, so if two partners like a horse but the third doesn't we basically take it off the list. There's a budget for the yearling season between Saratoga and Keeneland and we aim to buy 36 or 37 every year."

Although there was plenty of choice at Keeneland that year, Wallace said that the team did not have to look too hard to come across the colt now known as Justify.

"He was fairly simple to find because physically he's an amazing horse to look at," he said. "He was basically exactly what we were looking for. He was a big yearling but moved very well and was very light on his feet for such a big horse."

Those thoughts were shared by Flanagan, who said of Justify: "He was a big, imposing horse. He was very tall and was quite a leggy yearling, but he had a very good action and you could've set a bomb off beside him and he wouldn't have flinched.

"Thankfully all three partners had the same opinion of him and luckily we were able to buy him."

Despite having found a generation-defining colt, Wallace also gave a nod to the perils of buying blue-chip bloodstock, saying: "A horse like Justify coming along makes up for plenty of the others. As we all know, not every horse can hit the highs that you'd like them to."

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