Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Grindstone was represented by his first winner as a sire when Tricky Elaine, a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and 2-year-old champion Favorite Trick, won the third race Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Tricky Elaine (Grindstone--Evil Elaine, by Medieval Man) stalked the early leader from second place before driving through the stretch to win by a nose. In 1996, Grindstone closed through the Churchill Downs stretch to nip Cavonnier at the wire by the same margin.
Grindstone (Unbridled--Buzz My Bell, by Drone) won three of six career races and earned over $1.2-million under the silks of Overbrook Farm. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, he also won the Louisiana Derby (gr. III) before finishing second in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II). A bone chip in his right knee, discovered while training for the Preakness (gr. I), forced his retirement.
Tricky Elaine is also trained by Lukas and owned by Padua Stables. In her only previous start, she closed from ninth to finish second in a five furlong maiden race over a sloppy track at Churchill. Pat Day was in the irons for both starts. As the 1-2 favorite, Tricky Elaine returned $3, $2.20 and $2.10. She was bred in Kentucky by Summerwind Farm.
Grindstone's first foals are 2-year-olds of this year. He stands at Overbrook Farm for an advertised fee of $10,000.
In the Sunday's feature race at Churchill, another Favorite Trick sibling--Medievil Hero--finished 10th of 11 in the 1 3/8-mile Louisville Handicap. (Chart, Equibase