Skip Away, 1998 Horse of the Year, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Heart Ofa Champion won June 7 at Belmont Park. Bred by E & D Enterprises and Skip Away Syndicate, Heart Ofa Champion scored by 5 1/4 lengths in 1:03.59 for five furlongs for owners Fog City Stables and James Scibelli. Skip Away (Skip Trial--Ingot Way, by Diplomat Way) stands at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky.
Touch Gold, the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first winner June 6 at Gowran Park in Ireland. His son New Currency, who was bred by trainer Jim Bolger, won a seven-furlong race for the conditioner's wife. Touch Gold (Deputy Minister--Passing Mood, by Buckpasser) stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway.
Grade II winner Tale of the Cat's first winner emerged June 8 when his son Risky Cat won at Churchill Downs. Bred by Michael J. Cartee, Risky Cat went five furlongs in :57.55 for owners Bill Hayes and Tom O'Grady. Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat--Yarn, by Mr. Prospector) stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.