They released their first album “Veni Vidi Vici” in 1995 which was performed by Manuela Ray (singer) and Michael Harris (rapper). Four singles were released from this album. They released their second album “Return To Paradise” in 1996 which was performed by M.Ray & Lawrence Madia.Heaven’s Runway rallied from the far outside and overtook favorite Stallwalkin’ Dude in deep stretch for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Fall Highweight (gr. III) Nov. 24 at Aqueduct Racetrack.Trainer John Terranova swept both ends of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park on May 2 with a pair of favorites, Franny Freud and General Maximus. For every big-name contender expected to arrive at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships every season, there are several whose connections agonize over the decision to send them there. Gaining the services of jockey Jose Espinoza for the first time, Silver Screamer kicked clear under urging in the stretch to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths in the June 30 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.Libby Loftus of New York balances her commodities business with a keen interest in Thoroughbred racing and involvement with charities such as the Belmont Child Care Association.
Bella Sofia and her handlers went through another difficult getting-to-know-you process when she arrived at Rodriguez’s barn in New York. She continued to be so enigmatic that Rodriguez, a former jockey, began galloping her himself as the Breeders’ Cup came into view.He could see the elements falling into place for his son, Michael, who entered the industry as an owner in 2005. Dominick was convinced that Michael had aligned himself with the right people in bloodstock adviser Nick Sallusto and trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Both were passionate about their livelihoods, and Dominick viewed Sallusto’s Thorostock Training Center in Morriston, Fla., as an ideal setting for a young runner to grow and mature.
Bella Sofia will be confronted by blistering speed she has never seen before in Gamine, an overwhelming favorite to win the Filly and Mare Sprint. “When you’re at the Breeders’ Cup, in every race nothing comes easy. It’s the World Series. It’s the Super Bowl. This is where the cream is, the best of the best,” said Rodriguez, eager to embrace the challenge with his fussy filly.That is perhaps the kindest, most diplomatic way, to describe a filly that drives handlers to distraction. Every day of training is vital, but Bella Sofia never got that message upon her arrival at Thorostock after she sold for such a modest sum as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. July Sale.Dominick assured Michael that a special horse would come his way if he persevered. Michael kept that thought close to him after Dominick succumbed to cancer this past March at 78. Sure enough, his father was right.He credits the patience of Jimmy Randolph, an assistant trainer at Thorostock. Randolph and his staff tried various approaches, searching for something that clicked. “We were going to let things be her idea,” Sallusto said.
Dominick had no way of seeing that Michael, 58, would land the star he has been chasing for a mere $20,000 after years of significant investment. He also had no way of knowing that Bella Sofia might be described as, shall we say, a petulant diva.“Any time she would do something we liked, we would give her a lot of positive reinforcement,” Sallusto said. “We made a lot of progress in very small increments.”Bella Sofia was hard to handle as she began learning how to race, but trainer Rudy Rodriguez and his team tried several approaches and were patient with her, and did not bring her to the races until age 3. They decided to let her run fast and early in her races, and have been rewarded with four wins in five starts heading into the Breeders’ Cup.Dominick Imperio knew Thoroughbreds as well as anyone and better than most. He had trained them on the uber-competitive New York circuit before turning his attention to preparing young prospects in Florida.