Name: Test the World
Sire: Testa Rossa
Trainer: Bjorn Baker
Foal Date: 7/10/2013
WORLDLY FILLY FOR ONTRACK THOROUGHBREDS
Ontrack Thoroughbreds have teamed up with one of New South Wales younger trainers, Bjorn Baker, and they have selected this filly by Testa Rossa to be sent to Baker.
Baker, has successfully groomed two of Testa Rossa’s progeny to great heights having applied the polish to Unencumbered, winner of the rich Magic Millions juvenile trophy in 2013 & the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Staakes (1200m) en-route to the Millions win.
Baker, also has to his credit the trophy for the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes after he successfully set Twilight Royale to take-on and win the tough junvenile feature at Flemington.
Baker, ensured he made the most of the Inglis race series for Twilight Royale’s connections with the filly successful in the Inglis Nursery on debut, travelled south to claim a second Inglis purse when winning the Inglis Premier (1200m) pushing the fillies earnings to $495,750.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds have tasted big race success too with another William Inglis purchase, Brazen Beau. The companies principal Grant Morgan believes this filly represents great value and is a great example of Testa Rossa’s progeny.
Ontrack and Baker will ensure the filly is given every chance to make the most of the rich race series for future connections and won’t forget the bay is eligible for the BOBS bonus scheme prizemoney that’s offered in various races in New South Wales, too.
The dam of this filly, Worldly (by Danasinga), hails from a well performed family that has produced a Sydney Cup winner, Gallic Temple.
This syndicate will be managed by Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
NOT ENOUGH? Worldly is by Danasinga (Danehill) a stallion that’s carving our a good record as a broodmare sire with statistics revealing 483 starters with 278 individual winners, a winner to runner ration of 57.6%, with 18 stakes winners and another 17stakes placegetters with earnings of more than $19.7million.
Among the stakes winners are two Group 1 winners and they are the 2013 New Zealand Derby winner Habibi (ex Danny Holiday) and Altered Image (ex Dented Ambition) winner of the 2008 Levin Classic.
Bjorn Baker arrived in Sydney in 2011 with a lot of history, a large share of success, a burning ambition and two racehorses.
Within three seasons he had broken into the top 10 of one of the world’s toughest training environments and had produced a selection of stakes race successes. Not bad for a young man who spent the first eight years of his working life as a pharmacist.
While he graduated from university in New Zealand in 1999 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Baker had spent much of his life up till then working with horses alongside his father Murray. Among the responsibilities he shouldered before becoming a trainer in his own right were the Australian preparations of the Derby winners Nom de Jeu and Lion Tamer.
So when he arrived to set up a satellite stable in Australia in 2011, he knew what he was up against – and rose to the challenge.
In the 2013-14 season, the Baker-trained runners won some $3.8 million in prizemoney and bonuses with the stable sending out 62 winners from 424 starters. At the close of the 2014-15 racing season Baker-trained runners had earned connections more than $2.5million from 268 runners with 26 metropolitian winners in his home state and an additional 40 winners country wide.
“It has been an exciting time in Sydney and New South Wales racing with the increase in stake money, improved facilities including the training facilities here at Warwick Farm,” Baker says.
“We are firmly established at Warwick Farm …… I now have a great team behind me, including my foreman Jason Patrick, and James Clarke, our racing manager.”
Baker, has started off the 2015-16 season in grand fashion having won the Group 2Missile Stakes at Randwick with the seven-year-old gelding Burbero. That win closly is another highlight for Baker and just shades the win of Unencumbered in the 2014 Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.
As well as working with his father from childhood, Baker learned his craft during stints with such trainers as John Oxx in Ireland and Christophe Clement in New York.
Baker first entered into a training partnership with Murray at the start of the 2008-09 season, one which ended wih Baker Racing winning more prize money than any other New Zealand-based stable, as it did in season 2010-11.
The profitable working relationship between father and son continues, as demonstrated by the star colt It’s A Dundeel who was stabled with Baker during his 3YO Triple Crown success in the 2013 Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and ATC Derby.
Baker trained 10 winners in his first season in Australia (six metropolitan), 48 winners (22metropolitan) of $2.5milllion in his second season, and has continued to improve each year since.