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ECB Equine Spa Now Available At Santa Anita Race Track by Allen Gutowski

Tyler Cerin's Equine Body Works has just installed a brand new ECB Equine Spa at the Santa Anita Race Track. For more about Tyler's background and the services he offers, CLICK HERE

As you will discover from the article, Tyler puts the well-being of the horses he works with as a top priority... and in that regard he tested out the Spa for himself before putting any of his patients in! Most clients only dip in a toe, but Tyler wanted to get the full effect...

Winners at the NCHA Western Nationals by Allen Gutowski

Congratulations to J&S Equine Spa customer and trainer Cullen Chartier and owner Alexis Stephas and ONCE YOU GO BLACK on their Championship win with a 221 and Reserve Champion win for Cullen and owner Hillary Watson and SCOOTER MCGAVIN 220 at the NCHA Western Nationals in Denver this week!

Horse heaven: Spa days for thoroughbreds by Allen Gutowski

A video overview of Bruce Jackson's Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center in Maryland, including his ECB Spa... truly one of the best places for your race horse!

Fair Hill equine therapy center in Maryland promises to pamper thoroughbreds with a range of treatments from solaria to cold saltwater spas.

ECB Client Tony Alagna top buyer on day one at Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Allen Gutowski

Trainer Tony Alagna came to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion on Monday night with a fistful of money and some new investors. While he failed to bring home the sale-topper, he led all buyers in both horses purchased and total spent.

For the second straight year the sale produced positive results. A total of 98 yearlings went through the ring for an average of $109,531, a 4.3% increase over 2014 when the average was $104,959 for 97 yearlings.

For Alagna, he signed for seven horses at a total of $1,232,000. According to the trainer he came away with 10 new horses for the barn and attributed his ability to spend on some new blood on the ownership side. Some of those newbies included Courant AB and Tristan Sjoberg, who came in for 25% each of the $275,000 price tag on HIP 86 Evelix AM, a pacing filly by Art Major out of Credit Rating. Bradley Grant took the remaining 50%.

“When you have good years you get new interest and I’m glad to have people who are new to the barn,” said Alagna, referencing recent success with Captaintreacherous, Artspeak and Caprice Hill. “We’ve had consecutive good years and we were able to get some new people into the barn.”

Other top buys by Alagna included: HIP 104 Mountain Of Love ($280,000), a colt by Muscle Hill out of Somebody To Love; HIP 37 Signal Hill ($250,000), a Muscle Hill colt out of Special Appeal; and HIP 84 Major Account ($200,000), a Western Ideal-sired colt by CPA.  

“Pedigree and individual,” said Alagna on his formula for picking out those particular yearlings. “We follow a pretty easy pattern. People can see what we like. We buy the same families every year, but we have success with them, so that’s what we stick with.”

Alagna, who owned part of 40-something horses in 2014, puts his money on the line rather than just training.

“People see me putting my money in too. When they see you owning the horses as well, I think it is a vote of confidence that they like to see,” said Alagna.

Topping the sale was a pair of $350,000 purchases. The ticket for HIP 21 Federal Hill (Muscle Hill-Gala Dream) was signed by Mario Zuanetti for Atlantic Trot. The colt is a half-brother to Father Patrick. Live For Greatness (HIP 31) went to Robert Lindstrom, who ranked second in money spent on the night at $970,000. The half-brother to millionaire Muscle Massive is by Cantab Hall and out of Forever Graceful.

The final horse to break the $300,000 threshold was HIP 40 Julieann B, a Cantab Hall filly by Yankee Blondie for went for $310,000 to Nancy Johansson as agent for Stall Courant AB.

Co-sales manager Randy Manges was very happy with the results of the first night.

“I was ecstatic. To be up that much over last year was really terrific, even with all of our outs. I can’t even imagine how good of a sale we would have had if those horses were in,” said Manges, alluding to the 11 horses that were withdrawn from the sale.

“I think we had a really good group of horses that sold here tonight. The pedigrees were there and the horses matched the pedigrees.”

The sale eclipsed the $100,000 average in consecutive years for the first time in over 20 years and will look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday night.

“I think it is very equal to last year,” said Manges about the second night offerings. “I wouldn’t be disappointed if we were down a little but I don’t expect to be down a whole lot.”


ECB Clients Among Top Five Trainers in the 2015 Grand Circuit Standings by Allen Gutowski

Three out of the top five trainers in the 2015 Grand Circuit Standings are ECB Spa clients... best wishes to Jimmy Takter, Tony Alagna and Erv Miller! READ MORE

Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards.

Here are the leaders following the past week's action:

Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 849; 2. David Miller - 526.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 517; 4. Brian Sears - 447; 5. Corey Callahan - 352.5.

Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,109; 2. Jimmy Takter - 762; 3. Tony Alagna - 315.5; 4. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 300; 5. Erv Miller - 216.

Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 260.1; 2. Bamond Racing - 235; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 234.4; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 140; 5. Christina Takter - 131.7.

Matt Gaines Phenomenal Run To Win The Open Finals At El Rancho Futurity by Allen Gutowski

Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Gaines on a phenomenal run with Baby to win the Open Mercuria Finals at the El Rancho Futurity in Ranch Murieta California and tie the highest score ever marked in NCHA history!

Shown: El Rancho Futurity & Mercuria WS Finals Shown by: Matt Gaines Rancho Murieta Equine Center Rancho Murieta, California

Matt Miller New Derby Open Champion Riding Sweet Lil Amanda by Allen Gutowski

Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Miller riding Sweet Lil Amanda owned by Chris & Tracy Brengard marking a 225 - The New Derby Open Champions winning $11,500! For more on Matt Miller's facility, check out M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

The ECB Equine Spa at M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

The ECB Equine Spa at M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

Honor Code Wins the Whitney! by Allen Gutowski

Orb in the ECB Spa at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, MD

Orb in the ECB Spa at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, MD

With Honor Code's win in the Whitney this past weekend he now could face American Pharaoh in the Breeders' Cup this Fall. For more, check out this great article on Honor Code: CLICK HERE

Trainer Shug McGaughey loves the benefits of the ECB Spa and has used it for his horses at several locations including Fair Hill Training Center in MD and Gulfstream Park in FL. ECB congratulates all of the connections of Honor Code on a successful year so far, and best of luck in the next race!

Honor Code in the Spa after winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap May 2015...

Spa Owners Win Hambletonian Day! by Allen Gutowski

ECB congratulates Jimmy Takter on a fantastic Hambletonian day! Takter swept the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks for the 2nd straight year. Pinkman gave Jimmy his fourth win in the classic race, in addition to Takter horses taking the 3rd and 4th place spots. Wild Honey, owned by many of the same members of the Pinkman team, won the companion event giving the trainer a fifth Oaks. Wild Honey was bred by another ECB Spa owner, Lindy Racing Stable... for the full race results, CLICK HERE

HAMBLETONIAN NO. 90 3 Year Old Open FINAL - 1:51 - Driver: Brian Sears - Trainer: Jimmy Takter 2nd: Mission Brief 3rd: Uncle Lasse

Premier Equine Client Texas Red Wins the Jim Dandy by Allen Gutowski

Congratulations to Premier Equine client Texas Red as he wins the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga today! That pushes his earnings to $500,000 this year in only 3 starts and his career earnings to almost $1,700,000! The 2014 Breeders Cup Juvenile champ ran outstanding today in New York!

Texas Red missed the Triple Crown trail because of an abscess in his right front foot and was rehabilitated at Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, CA. He returned July 4 with a runner-up finish in the Dwyer (gr. III) at Belmont Park. READ MORE

Premier Equine has owned their ECB Spa since 2008 and has recently expanded their facility. To visit their website and learn more about this wonderful facility, CLICK HERE.

                                                                                                  Pat and Amie Grohl of Premier Equine Center

                                                                                                  Pat and Amie Grohl of Premier Equine Center

13 reasons to take your horse to an equine spa by Allen Gutowski

A spa break sounds like heaven to most riders, and horses can benefit hugely from the same sort of treatment. Take Red Rum. Crippling foot problems in his younger years meant he was nearly written off, but daily training on Southport Beach transformed him, said his trainer Ginger McCain, because salt water is so good for legs. And if it’s good enough for a three-time Grand National winner — well, read on.

Bal a Bali wins first race after battle with laminitis by Allen Gutowski

Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali made a splash in his U.S. debut, capturing the $100,000 American Stakes May 9 at Santa Anita Park.

The winner of 11-of-12 starts in his native Brazil, the 5-year-old horse by Put It Back squeezed between horses in the stretch under the guidance of jockey Flavien Prat and prevailed by a length over Talco. Gabriel Charles was 1-1/4 lengths back in third.

The trouble wasn't a concern for winning trainer Richard Mandella.

"Yes [he had trouble], but he's a pro," Mandella said. "He's run enough times. He knows what he's doing. [Prat is] a pro, too."

It was not only Bal a Bali's first U.S. race, but it was his first since a battle with laminitis last year.

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