Kafwain Purchased by Darley, to Join Sire at Jonabell
by Ron Mitchell
Date Posted: 7/22/2003 4:16:43 PM
Last Updated: 7/24/2003 12:40:31 PM

Kafwain, winning the San Vicente earlier this year.
Photo: Benoit
San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) winner Kafwain has been purchased by Darley and will stand at stud at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. for a $10,000 fee. Cherokee Run, the sire of Kafwain, also stands at Jonabell.

Kafwain was bought at Fasig-Tipton Calder as a juvenile for $720,000 and raced for The Thoroughbred Corp.

The Bob Baffert-trained colt won four of 11 starts, with four placings, and earned $715,848. (Kafwain means "doubly strong" in Arabic.)

The 3-year-old colt won the Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) and Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) before finishing second in two grade I -- the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Hollywood Futurity after a troubled trip. He was disqualified in that race, as he was when running second in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II).

As a 2-year-old, he was awarded 122 on the Experimental Free Handica,p, behind only Vindication and Toccet.

"Kafwain has a great mind, runs hard every time and always gives you a little extra," said Baffert. "He reminds me of Silver Charm."

Jimmy Bell of Darley added, "Kafwain is the complete package, with his looks, brilliant speed and that added ability to negotiate two turns. We feel Cherokee Run's future is extremely bright, and Kafwain has all the makings to follow in his father's footsteps."

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