Juveniles bred, raised and sold by Adena Springs continue to score impressive victories all over the world during the month of November....
Juveniles bred, raised and sold by Adena Springs continue to score impressive victories all over the world during the month of November.
Dublin Diva (pictured), a 'commanding' 3 1/2-length debut winner on November 19 at Woodbine is the latest such winner.
The juvenile daguther of Leroidesanimaux out of the Tapit mare Diva Ash used a four-wide sweep around the final bend to catapult to the lead in a 5 1/2 furlong Maiden Special contest. After that explosive move the only drama left was margin of victory.
Dublin Diva was purchased from Adena Springs at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale by Dura Racing and her trainer Michael J. Doyle.
Watch Dublin Diva's win
Dublin Diva's triumph came 11 days after Shakhimat dominated a promising field in Woodbine's $250,000 Coronation Futurity by nearly 10 lengths.
Trained by Roger Attfield for owner Dan Gale, the Adena-bred son of Lonhro-Reggae Rose had Emma-Jayne Wilson in the irons for the 1 1/8-mile test, a key event on the racing calendar for Canadian-foaled juveniles. The Adena-bred Einstein
son Scholar Athlete finished third racing the colors of West Point Thoroughbreds. He too was purchased out of the Fasig Tipton Florida sale.
"When we straightened away, I asked him and turned him loose," said Wilson. "I took a peak up at the Jumbotron after that eighth of a mile and I couldn't believe the ground he'd opened up. There were some nice horses behind him. That's a testament to how good this horse is."
Watch the Coronation Futurity
Shakhimat was a $60,000 buy and debuted a winner in a September 19 Maiden Special going seven furlongs. He arrived at the Coronation Futurity from a third-place run in the grassy 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes.
A day earlier at Del Mar, Esposito served notice to the West Coast juvenile set when he rolled to a 2 1/2 length tally in a Maiden Special contest.
Chartwell Stables purchased the colt for $45,000 at Fasig-Florida. The son of leading sire Ghostzapper is out of the mare Money My Honey, a daughter of the Adena Springs-bred & raced Preakness Stakes hero Red Bullet. Money My Honey is a half-sister to another Adena-bred/sold star, Ghostzapper's Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes winner Stately Victor.
Adena-bred Daily Bulletin also gained high praise for his Maiden score on November 13 in England. The colt is the first foal out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life at Ten was purchased by Godolphin at last year's Keeneland September sale for $140,000. Making his second start, he rolled to a 3 1/2-length tally going a flat mile at Wolverhampton.
Adena Springs has lead North American breeders by purse money won ten times, earned eight Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Breeder and is the leading breeder in Breeders' Cup history with over $10 million in earnings. Among the recent Adena-bred and sold Breeders' Cup stars are 2014 F & M Sprint winner Judy the Beauty (by Ghostzapper) and 4-time Grade 1 winner Private Zone (by Macho Uno), who has placed in the Sprint each of the past two years.