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John Terranova II

Trainer

Terranova learned about horses from his father who owned horse for many years. While attending Boston College, Terranvoa decided to take a leave of absence to become an assistant trainer and never returned to school. He took out his training license in 1993 and began training for Team Valor in 1998 for whom he won the Aqueduct Handicap for with Star of Valor. He has also trained top stakes horses, Laragh, Negilgee, Gander, Fanny Freud and Shadow Caster.

Luis Saez

Jockey

Originally from Panama City, Luis Saez, moved to the United States in 2009.  Luis is known mostly for his victories aboard Will Take Charge in the Travers Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Clark Handicap as well as a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2013. 

Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello & Joseph Bulger

Owner

Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger are longtime clients of trainer John Terranova's who purchased Falling Sky on the advice of agents Nick Sallusto and Justin Casse. Maurice and Samantha Regan race under the Newtown Anner Stud banner. James Covello has been involved in parternships owning over 40 horses including G-1 winner Lilacs and Lace. Joseph Bulger has also been in partnerships including ownership of Graded Stakes winner Homeboykris.

Pedigree

Falling Sky's pedigree is open to interpretation, but doesn't loom particularly promising for 1 1/4 miles.

His sire, Lion Heart, held on for a clear second in the 2004 Kentucky Derby after setting the early pace. In his trademark front-running style, Lion Heart also won the Hollywood Futurity and Haskell, and was just nailed late in the Blue Grass.

Exported to Turkey in early 2010, Lion Heart has since made a big splash with his runners. That same year, his son Line of David captured the Arkansas Derby; Dangerous Midge took the Breeders' Cup Turf; and Kantharos rolled through a perfect juvenile season before suffering a career-ending injury. Lion Heart had another banner year in 2012, with Super Derby winner Bourbon Courage and several promising juveniles from his final North American crop -- including Uncaptured, Know More, Purple Egg and the filly Touch Magic.

Falling Sky's dam, the multiple stakes-placed Sea Dragoness, was a pure sprinter who never won past 5 1/2 furlongs. Of greater concern is the fact that she is apparently transmitting a limited distance capacity to her other offspring. Even her winners by such normally long-winded sires as Lemon Drop Kid and Point Given were sprinters.

On paper, however, Sea Dragoness shouldn't have been so one-dimensional. She is by the blueblood Sea Hero, winner of the 1993 Kentucky Derby and Travers and sire of such major winners as Hero's Tribute and Cindy's Hero (the dam of current Durham Cup victor Delegation). Like Lion Heart, Sea Hero was also exported to Turkey.

Sea Dragoness is a half-sister to a pair of stakes-winning sprinters in All Giving, a seven-time stakes heroine, and War Native.

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