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• Born June 7, 1952 in Mont de Mars, France. • Third generation horseman. • Biancone was an accomplished rider on the flat and over jumps before switching to training. • Worked as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley from 1973 – 1974. • Returned to France to open his own stable in 1975, and saddled his first winner that May at Le Toquet with Kalium. • Biancone has achieved success on three continents- Asia, Europe, and North America. • Biancone’s best finisher in the Kentucky Derby is a second-place finish with Lion Heart in 2004 • He was influential in developing the care
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Kona Stable LLC is owned by Richard Giacopelli, who resides in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and is the owner of Mayrich Construction Corp, a construction and excavating company. Giacopelli’s first start in horse racing was with a group of friends who decided to buy and own Thoroughbreds together. Many people in the group left, but Giacopelli stayed in the business. He was part owner of the stakes winning Christine Daae.
Switch to the Lead ran back-to-back fourths in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez and Grade 3 Santa Ysabel, just five days apart. Trainer Patrick Biancone did the same thing with her dam, the Tricky Mister mare Dressed for Success, after she broke her maiden by 5 ¼ lengths, wheeling her back 14 days later at Saratoga to be sixth in the Grade 2 Schuylerville in 2004.
Dressed for Success was never able to score against stakes rivals, but placed in six of her 11 outings.
Switch to the Lead’s sire, Songandaprayer, finished in the top three in five of his eight races on track, including a win in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth and a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Blue Grass.
At stud, the stallion has sired the likes of Grade 2 winners Songster and What a Song as well as Grade 3 scorers Praying for Cash and He’s Got Grit. Songandaprayer had a Kentucky Derby candidate last year in Reveron, who was sidelined after finishing second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Switch to the Lead’s dam is a half-sister Grade 3-winning sire Gators n Bears, while her second dam, I’ll Be Along, counts Grade 2 star Friendly Lover as a half-sibling.
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