7 Adena Springs-Sired Runners Among Sovereign Award Finalists
The finalists for 2014 Sovereign Awards were annouced on January 20 and several runners sired by......
The finalists for the 2014 Sovereign Awards were announced on January 20 and several runners sired by Adena Springs stallions are among the nominees.
Sligo Bay's magnificent daughter Lexie Lou is a finalist (and likely winner) in a pair of categories: 3YO Filly and Turf Female. Her sterling 2014 campaign included a trio of Classic wins, the Queen's Plate over males, the Woodbine Oaks and the Wonder Where Stakes. She also took the graded Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita and was runner-up to U. S. Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. She is surely to be a finalist (and likely winner) for Horse of the Year as well when that category is announced on April 10. Owned by Gary Barber, Lexie Lou has bankrolled nearly $1.5 million in her 17-race career.
Lexie Lou is not the only Adena-sired finalist in the 3YO Filly category. Graded winner Paladin Bay, also a daughter of Sligo Bay, and Milwaukee Brew's multiple stakes winner Sweater Weather are among the three other contenders up against Lexie Lou.
Milwaukee Brew's 2014 Classic winner Coltimus Prime is up for honors in the 3YO Male category. The strapping colt was an impressive winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. His final time was the fastest in the past twenty runnings of the historic event. He also ran a strong second in the Ontario Derby (G3) against open company.
Canada's leading second crop sire Giant Gizmo has his first Sovereign Award finalist, Brooklynsway, who's in the running for champion 2YO Filly. Her 2014 campaign consisted of six races, all stakes. She finished off the board only once and is a finalist based on her victories in Muskoka Stakes and the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.
Not be outdone by his Adena Springs North barnmates, Silent Name has a Sovereign Award contender of his own. His daughter Silent Star is finalist for champion Older Female after a 2014 campaign that featured a trio of blacktype runs, including a gritty neck decision over fellow finalist Strut the Course in the Victoriana Stakes.
Adena Springs Kentucky's Macho Uno is the sire of Decision Day, a finalist for champion 2YO Male. The promising colt won the $250,000 Coronation Futurity in just his third career outing. Macho Uno has now sired finalists for both the Sovereign Awards and the Eclipse Awards for two straight seasons. His speedy son Private Zone was a finalist for a 2014 Eclipse Award while in 2013 Overheard was nominated for a Turf Female Sovereign Award and Mucho Macho Man was a candidate for Older Male after his Breeders' Cup Classic victory.
Adena Springs is also a finalist for a 10th Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder.
The Sovereign Award winners will be announced on April 10 at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto.
Ghostzapper's 'Judy' is Fifth Adena Springs-bred Eclipse Champion
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of......
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
Judy the Beauty is by 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper out of stakes-winning Holy Blitz, a daughter of 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull. Trainer Wesley Ward bought her from breeder Adena Springs at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale and now owns the 2014 female sprint Eclipse Award winner.
She is the fifth Eclipse Award champion bred by Adena Springs after Ghostzapper (2004 Horse of the Year & Older Male), Ginger Punch (2007 Older F/M), Perfect Sting (2000 Female Turf) and Macho Uno (2000 2YO Male).
Ward has bases in the Midwest and Florida and frequently sends horses to California, where trainer Blake Heap can oversee them for him. That arrangement allowed Ward to manage Judy the Beauty's 2014 season ideally. Plus she ships well, as she proved when winning an allowance race at Chantilly in France as a 2-year-old.
Judy the Beauty, a 5-year-old in 2014, liked her races a little more spaced out, and Ward accommodated her. She had monthly races in March, April, and May before tuning up at Del Mar in the summer prior to the big one, the DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
She began at Santa Anita Park with a brisk 4 3/4-length win after prompting the pace in the Las Flores Stakes (gr. III) March 9. Returned to Keeneland, she captured the April 4 Madison Stakes (gr. I), coming from farther back and scoring by 2 1/2 lengths. Following her only loss of the year, a fourth in the May 3 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, Judy the Beauty again traveled to California. In Del Mar's Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) against three others, she registered a 1 1/4-length win.
While other Breeders' Cup starters put in their final preps closer to the Nov. 1 races, Judy the Beauty didn't need another race. Using her favorite tactic of stalking the pace, she flew home for a head victory in the Filly & Mare Sprint, sealing her championship.
With the 2015 Breeders's Cup being held at Keeneland, Ward opted to keep Judy the Beauty in training for a repeat try at her favorite track.
Voting: Judy the Beauty, 261; Midnight Lucky, 1; Living The Live, 1; La Verdad, 1; Awesome Baby, 1.
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