They have a variety of running styles, personalities and pedigrees, but each individual’s recent success at the racetrack is redolent of something larger that may be looming in their future. Bradester, More Chocolate, Nakano, Romancing The Gold and Ear D’ Rhythm are all graduates of Tim and Cary Frommer’s training program.
There was something special about him, from his conformation to the way he trained. Joseph Sutton’s Bradester has had the additional burden of living of up to a tremendous amout of hype. being annointed as a Kentucky Derby starter before he even took a step on the racetrack, said Cary Frommer. The Florida Derby may very well be in this colt’s future, she said.
The bay colt by multiple Grade 1 winner Lion Heart broke his maiden at second asking during his juvenile campaign, capturing a 1 1/16-mile race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 by 3 1/4-lengths. The Eddie Kenneally charge was just as impressive starting 2013 with a 1 3/4-length victory in an allowance race also contested at the 1 1/16-mile distance at Gulfstream Park, starting his sophomore campaign with a victory on New Year’s Day.
“It’s nice that he’s kind of living up to the promise and the feelings that everyone had about him early on,” said Frommer. “When he was in Aiken, he was a solid standout.”
Bradester may not have had the strongest pedigree under his first dam, but Frommer had faith in the bay colt. Bradester was part of Cary Frommer’s consignment at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale, and was purchased by Barry Berkelhammer, agent, for $195,000.
“I told everyone that it (his pedigree) might be light now, but it won’t be after him,” said Frommer. “A friend of mine ended up buying him, and it was off of a lot of what I had to say. His work was good, and if you scrutinize it, it was very good. It wasn’t the 10 (seconds) flat that people look for. He shied coming into the pole, swapped leads, and kind of worked on the wrong lead, but galloped out better than any other horse in the sale. He didn’t want to pull up after that. He’s just effortless. ”
Initially purchased by Frommer for $20,000, the trainer isn’t surprised that Bradester continues to progress in his training, and appears poised to move up in class. If there was a horse in the barn last year that Frommer would have bet on to succeed, Bradester would definitley be the one.
“He was a beautifully put together horse, and he was a really smooth training horse, and still is,” said Frommer. “I watched him up at Saratoga, and he’s just effortless. He still hasn’t figured out how to run. He’s still green when he runs.”
Michael Talla’s More Chocolate made her stakes debut in the final start of her sophomore campaign a memorable one, with a 3rd place effort in the $150,000 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita Park on Dec. 30. The bay daughter was bred by Calumet Farm, and is conditioned by John Sadler. But when Frommer first saw her, the then diminuitive filly was far from being an impressive physical specimen, but the horseman recognized something in the prospective runner that suggested she had potential.
“I bought her at Keeneland for a client for $45,000, and she was very weedy, small, and had a lot of improving to do,” said Frommer. “She grew into what I had hoped she would grow into.”
Frommer consigned More Chocolate to the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in Training Florida Sale, and she was purchased for $310,000 by Martin Anthony. More Chocolate’s dam is the multiple graded stakes winner Little Treasure (FR).
“She worked really nicely at Palm Meadows, and brought a really good price,” said Frommer. “David Ingordo bought her for a client, and she’s come along nicely. I spoke to him after the race, and he said, ‘Look for her, she’s going to be doing a lot of that.’”
More Chocolate won convincingly in her previous start, an allowance race on the turf at the same distance and track on Nov. 1, scoring by 3 1/4-lengths.
Stakes winner Nakano is what Frommer described as a little cash machine. The bay mare, campaigned by Thoroughbred Futures Racing and conditioned by Marty Wolfson, was 3rd in her most recent start, the 6-furlong Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The sprinter has run in the money in her last eight starts, hitting the board in seven consecutive stakes races.
“She goes out there every couple of weeks, or every month, and brings home a nice check,” said Frommer. “She’s very quick, and is running against some very quick horses. She’s always there, and trying her best. That’s what we remember about her from being a baby here. She’s as honest as the day as long. She just tried really hard.”
Romancing the Gold is a hard knocking gelding that continues to add to his bankroll. The 4-year-old son of Medalist won his 3rd consecutive race, Dec. 26 at Aqueduct, stretching out to 1-mile and 70 yards. The Jeremiah Englehart charge’s two previous wins came at 1-mile, with those starts coming at Finger Lakes and Penn National. Romancing the Gold was claimed in his last start, and moves to the barn of trainer Eddie Kenneally.
“Give him a racetrack, and he’s going to find away to win,” said Frommer. “He’s all heart.”
The gelding is from a family that Frommer knows well and loves, and is out of the Not for Love mare Mass Romantic. The consignor sold Romancing the Gold’s half-brother, who was by Dance with Ravens for $90.000 to Buzz Chance at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
“I think it’s a family that’s going to jump up and do some terrific things.” said Frommer.
A juvenile daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Medaglia D’Oro broke her maiden in a 1-mile race on the turf Dec. 30 at Gulfstream Park. Ear D’ Rhythm is a filly Frommer consigned as part of the William Entenmann Dispersal.
“She’s big, rangy, has big, long ears, and is kind of ugly.” said Frommer. “But, she’s out of a nice family, the family of Sarava. She looked like she wanted long on the turf. She had a lot of personality. We loved her personality.”