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Jim Bond got off to a very good start at Saratoga on Friday with Giacosa scoring an allowance for his first win of the year, then Rinaldi winning his first classified stakes, the Forbidden Apple (G3).
Could it be another super hot season in Saratoga? His record at Spa last year was 40: 12-8-5. That’s a 30 percent earning rate and 63 percent in-the-money rate.
For the year as a whole, Bond’s record is 84: 11-13-8, with earnings of $ 617,605. He’s pretty much on track to equal his 2020 record of 150: 23-25-11, with earnings of $ 1,212,974.
Bond, whose two wins so far have come in four starts, spoke with Horse Racing Nation for a barn tour this week on these recent winners and other activities in its New York operation.
Victory by Rinaldi, a 5-year-old gelding, “was fantastic,” said Bond. “It’s a wonderful way to start the meeting.”
Bond said he planned to pitch Rinaldi in a high stakes New York City at Belmont at the end of May. “It rained, so I decided to regroup and send him to my Saratoga division. He likes it up there and he did really well. And (Luis) Saez, as usual. , had a good turn on him. “
For his next start, Bond has said he is considering Fourstardave Handicap (G1) or high stakes in New York at the end of August.
“I was just glad we got to run on the turf, needless to say, and we’ll be crossing our fingers that he comes back and pulls another good one.”
Victory for Giacosa, a 4 year old Tizway filly, finished 1 1/16 miles on Saratoga turf. It was his second victory in three starts this year, with a second place finish in his previous start at 1 1/16 miles on Belmont Indoor Turf.
“I think he’s a better two-lap horse than a one-lap horse,” said Bond. “I don’t know if she’s doing a mile or a mile and sixteenth. The Tizways seem to be better milers than the mile and sixteenth horses I’ve had in the past. She got closer and two laps makes a difference. in Saratoga. “
His next likely stop is the Yaddo Handicap for New York breeds on August 27.
Bond also trains a 6 year old horse named Argonne “that I really like.” He made his 2021 debut at Pimlico in June, finishing fourth in the Prince George’s County Stakes.
“I couldn’t find a race that I really liked. I was trying to dodge Chad and a few of his bears with him as I got off the bench. She had been gone since last August,” Bond said. “He ran a good sneaky fourth, but blew a shoe out as he left the gate. He was just a bit, which isn’t typical of him. He was just a little anxious in the gate, and he pulled out. a shoe when leaving the The grass was a little soft, I will say to give in to Pimlico, and the sportsman when he came down said he was fine, but when he got into the corners he kept losing a little foot. So now we know why. “
Argonne was nominated for Bowling Green (G2) on July 31, although Bond could opt for an allowance run instead. “I’d rather go there and maybe think about Kentucky Downs or something.”
Describing his other riders, Bond said: “We have just beautiful 3 year old New York horses that are hitting hard. We have more of them than anything. Nothing exceptional yet, but I have a few. . 2 year old kids who are doing really well. My fingers crossed. I don’t really want to name them, because when I do, they’re going to bust their shins tomorrow or an ankle or something crazy is going to happen. But we have 2 year olds that are a lot of family breeds, a few that we bought at sales last year that are really in the right direction and are making me dizzy. I’ll be right within a couple of days months if they continue to progress. “
Making the most of a difficult situation
Bond and his wife, Tina Marie Bond – who were expecting their first grandchild in the next few days – also own Song Hill Thoroughbreds, a farm near Saratoga where they give birth to around 35 to 40 mares per year.
Last year the pandemic gave them a problem, and they came up with a creative – and surprisingly successful – solution.
“My wife and I when COVID hit we had 11 yearlings for sale,” Bond said. “And unfortunately the (New York) sales were all canceled, and we kind of said, ‘What are we going to do? We kind of smashed it, and we figured if we sold them last year in Kentucky – breeds from New York – we’d probably get 50 to 60 cents on the dollar we put in. And they might not come back to New York to be raced, so you wouldn’t get your breeder award. So it was a bit negative, but we had bills to pay.
“So we kind of got this idea of keeping 50 percent and selling 10 percent of the shares,” Bond said. “And it was just amazing what happened. From July 1 of last year until July 1 of this year, we have recruited over 75 new owners. It’s just fun.”
These new owners bought 10 percent of the shares in 24 or 25 of his horses, he said.
“The good thing is it got their feet wet,” Bond said. “They actually liked to be small because – and not to say anything bad about a partnership – but some of them are so big that they get lost when the winner’s circle arrives or when the paddock arrives. They’re one of the 50s or one of the 80s or one of whatever, aren’t they? And they used to like being type six or seven with their wives and friends. When they come to the barn , we can give them a little more attention, it’s hard to entertain 80 people.
“And they’re associated with a trainer and his wife.… We live there and die with him every day.”