Breeders' Cup Focus: Globetrotter

Breeders' Cup Focus: Globetrotter
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Globetrotter (inside)

Though he has only made two starts, Earle Mack's Globetrotter is on his way to living up to his name, as he has already traveled from Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania to Woodbine near Ontario, Canada, scoring victories at both locations.

After breaking his maiden at Presque Isle Sept. 10, the juvenile son of Street Cry skyrocketed to elite status when he prevailed by a head in the Oct. 8 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.

Now Globetrotter will attempt an even bigger feat: capturing his turf debut in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park.

Mack, a Florida resident, campaigns Globetrotter under the name Rising Sun Farm. An ambassador of Finland, Mack is also involved in international real estate and has campaigned a number of graded stakes winners since the early 1990s. Among his best horses are Canadian champions Petenski and Bruce's Mill, plus grade I victor and Kentucky champion November Snow.

Mack also formerly owned multi-millionaire Electrocutionist, who he sold privately to the Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing before his 2006 season. The son of Red Ransom went on to capture to capture last year's Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

Though he breeds horses mainly in Europe, Mack keeps a few broodmares at Issam Fares' Fares Farm near Lexington. He has about 20 to 30 horses in training in South America, England, France, Italy, and the United States.

Globetrotter was bred in Florida by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud, which is located near Ocala. The operation consigned him to the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale through Legacy Bloodstock, agent. The colt, who has already earned $182,775, was bought for $150,000 by Aaron Cohen's ARC Bloodstock.

"He just was a good-looking horse at the time, he had the right kind of pedigree for what we were looking for, he was pretty correct, and above all, we bought him at the price we wanted to," said Cohen, who is Mack's racing and breeding manager. "He's matured very rapidly, and his overall appearance has just given us the kind of hope that he might be ready for (the Breeders' Cup). Even though he's never run on the grass, he's bred for the grass on both sides.

"He's probably grown two-and-a-half inches from when he came up as a baby," Cohen added. "The distance between his withers and his hips has increased quite a bit. There was a time when we thought he was Quarter Horsey, and that certainly has changed."

Globetrotter is the first foal out of the Seattle Slew mare Cool Slew, a winner on turf who was campaigned as a homebred by Live Oak.

Graham Motion, who trains Globetrotter, reiterated the amount of turf pedigree in the colt.

"Even the second dam is really turf," he said of $500,000-plus earner Icy Warning (Caveat), a stakes victor on turf. "(Globetrotter) is a very mature 2-year-old, well put together physically, and kind of a robust horse."

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