04.20.2018

Holy Helena & Adena Springs Named Sovereign Awards Winners

Holy Helena was named champion 3-year-old filly and Adena Springs was honored as Outstanding......

Adena Springs homebred Holy Helena was voted champion 3-year-old filly and Adena Springs was honored as Outstanding Breeders at the 43rd Sovereign Awards ceremony at Palais Royale in Toronto.

Holy Helena soared to the top of her generation last summer with a one-length victory in the Woodbine Oaks in just her third career start. For an encore she triumphed over males in the $1 million Queen's Plate by 3 1/2 lengths.

Out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Grace, Holy Helena is the 5th champion sired by Ghostzapper and the 13th champion bred by Adena Springs. She's off to big start in 2018 with a pair of victories at Gulfstream Park, including The Very One S. (G3).

The exploits of Holy Helena surely helped voters award Adena Springs the Outstanding Breeder trophy for the third straight season and for the 12th time overall. Other Adena Springs Canadian bred stakes winners in 2017 included Shaman Ghost, a 2016 Sovereign Award champion by Ghostzapper who captured the historic Santa Anita H. (G1), Shakhimat, winner of the Tropical Park Turf (G3) and Shady Well Stakes winner Glamanation, the first stakes winner by Point of Entry. 

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04.11.2018

Capo Bastone's First Starter Impresses at Keeneland

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and......

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and decisive debut victory on April 11.

Watch Hargus Win Debut

Owned by Danny Pate and trained by juvenile wizard Wesley Ward, Hargus broke sharply from post 10 under Joel Rosario in the 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special at Keeneland. The 2-1 second choice quickly sprinted to the lead with favored stablemate Odie flanked to his outside. 

The pair dueled in tandem around the far turn with Odie gaining a slight advantage at the top of the lane. Hargus then parried right back under strong hand urging from Rosario. The flashy chestnut showed his bravery, holding position against the rail before rallying back to overtake Odie. He then coasted home with Rosario gearing him down in the final yards.

The final margin of victory over Odie, a promising son of the white-hot Scat Daddy, was 2 1/2 lengths with the timer stopped at :52.19.

Hargus was bred in Kentucky by J. D. Stuart out of the Put It Back daughter Call My Lawyer. He is named after Capo Bastone's co-breeder, the late Hargus Sexton, a friend and mentor of owner Danny Pate. 

“He was always a beautiful individual with a great walk, a great shoulder and a great attitude," Pate said. “I thought he’d get them. He was really working well at home. He worked a half mile up there the other day in :49, and that’s unheard of at my track. We knew he had a lot of talent.”

As is often the case when a horse wins a 2-year-old maiden at Keeneland, Pate said he’s already hearing from people who want to buy Hargus. He said he would consider selling a portion of the colt at some point, but as for right now he’s more focused on his upcoming racing schedule. Hargus’s next start will be in the May 3 $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile S. at Churchill Downs and Pate said if he runs well there, a start at Royal Ascot could be next.

- portions from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, photo by Coady Photography

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