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Musique Toujours reaches for the stars in Ocala Breeders’ Sales Classic

February 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

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By Phyllis Tryon
Being starry-eyed isn’t always a bad thing. Take for instance the performance of Musique Toujours in the $1-million Ocala Breeders’ Sales Classic Stakes on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 29.

Owners Lloyd Debruycker (a rancher out of Dutton, Montana) and Richard Glassman (a currently unemployed retired car sales manager in California and future hopeful Los Angeles policeman) definitely had stars in their eyes when they sent Musique Toujours to Gulfstream to face a field of “monsters”, as Debruycker called them, against the repeated advice of trainer John Sadler.
In fact, Sadler was so convinced the horse was out of his field that he and his assistant trainer, Larry Benavidez, refused to go to Florida with the horse, instead sending the groom and exercise rider. It was the owners’ stubborn insistence that put Musique Toujours in the race, but the horse’s own as-of-yet undiscovered ability that brought him to the winners’ circle and earned him the big paycheck in the million dollar stakes.

Until that moment, the five-year-old son of Musique d’Enfer out of Starry Farrari, by Inherent Star, had won four times in 18 starts and only one of those starts was in stakes company—the 2004 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes at Canterbury Park in Minnesota on July 16, a $150,000 race in which he finished second by a nose after a troubled trip. He was third in an allowance race at Del Mar on August 29 last summer and came back sore from that effort. He last win was in a $50,000 claiming race at Hollywood Park on May 22.

Glassman spotted this horse late in 2003 and found Debruycker through Sadler. Debruycker went in two-thirds on the deal and Glassman a third and they claimed the horse in November 2003 for $40,000. He was bred in California by Jacquie Takah and Lorenzo Preciado.

In the January 29 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Classic Stakes, Musique Toujours was the 70.10-1 longshot in a field of such notable four-year-olds-and-up as Midas Eyes, Supah Blitz and Limehouse, among others.

“When we got into the paddock area, I about had a heart attack!” Debruycker said of the experience. “I looked at these other horses and thought, ‘Man, are we in with a bunch of monsters!’ They were so beautiful and powerful looking, that I thought maybe I was wrong.”

Musique Toujours, however, is looking pretty good himself. The grandson of Stop the Music may have what some consider, according to Debruycker, a “nothing pedigree,” but he got the job done in the Florida versus California-bred million dollar competition. He took command in the early going and fought off his rivals to the wire to finish the mile and 1/8 course in 1:49.17 under the reins of Jorge Chavez and picked up a paycheck of $550,000. That brought his lifetime bankroll to $726,320.

“We talked to the jockey and we wanted to break sharp because we had the 3-hole position, which was a good position,” Debruycker said of the pre-race instructions. “We wanted to break sharp because you break pretty close to the turn and we didn’t want to lose our position in the turn. We told the jockey that as soon as he got him out there on the backside, on the straightaway, to take ahold of him a little, because there was some speed in there, and to just let them go and lay off him, and then coming down the lane, run hard and catch them.

“I kidded him afterwards,” Debruycker continued. “I said, ‘Hey! You didn’t follow our instructions,’ and I laughed because hey, we won the race and I didn’t care. And he says (he’s from Peru and has broken English), ‘Nobody else go, so I go.’”

“The horse ran a fantastic race! He run 46.2 for the first four furlongs, which is plenty fast for a mile and 1/8,” Debruycker said. “Then he run 1:35.4 for the mile, still on the lead, and then still went on and run 1:49.1 for the mile and 1/8. It was a very powerful race. He got a 107 Beyer out of it and a number 2 on the Ragozin sheets.”

The win ticket paid $142.20, place paid $54.80 and show paid $24.00.

Musique Toujours is back in the hands of John Sadler in California getting ready for a continued promising 2005 season.
Incidentally, the French name, Musique Toujours, literally means “Music Always”. A sweet tune in the ears of his owners and trainer, we’re sure.