First Winner for Freshman Sire Roi Charmant

California freshman sire Roi Charmant   registered his first winner June 8 at Golden Gate Fields when Pheisty Kid gamely captured a maiden special weight sprint in his second effort (VIDEO).

The 2-year-old gelding showed early speed in the field of 10, dueled on the rail, and inched away in the stretch to win by a 1/2 length in :52.42. Sergio Ledezma's trainee adds to a third place finish in his first start, and boosts his earnings to $25,272 for his owner and breeder, Billy Hipwell. Pheisty Kid was bred in California out of the Lyphaness mare, Pheiffer.

Roi Charmant retired in 2010 following a four-race winning streak, with earnings of $337,678. In the money in 18 of his 27 starts, he recorded a total of eight wins on dirt, turf, and over synthetic courses and had career earnings of $337,678.

The son of Evansville Slew finished second in the San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) and third in the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II). He also placed in the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar and the Daytona Handicap at Santa Anita Park. He failed to finish in his only grade I start, Hollywood Park's Triple Bend Invitational Handicap, after bobbling at the start and losing his jockey, Victor Espinoza.
 
Out of the Seattle Daner mare Cantina, Roi Charmant was bred in Kentucky by Heatherway and currently stands at Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Ca., for a fee of $1,000.

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