WHAS-11 S.

( 5f ,)

YES IT'S TRUE (B h, 117 lb) $75,496
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Tactical Cat (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $24,160
Storm Cat —Terre Haute , by Caro (IRE)
B—Overbrook Farm, KY.; O—Overbrook Farm; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Alannan (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $12,080
Conquistador Cielo —Dame Sybil , by Elocutionist
B—Arthur B. Hancock III, KY.; O—Eaglestone Farm; T—John J. Tammaro, Sr.

Margins: nose, 4, neck. Others: Saratoga Summer 113($6,040) , Gabe a Nator 113($3,024) , Iron Pyrite 117 , Miss Kitty's City 114 , Ghost Starr 114 , Dallas Earl 122 . Winning Jockey, Pat Day.

Yes It’s True equaled the Churchill Downs track record of :573/5 for five furlongs when he drew off to a nose victory over stablemate Tactical Cat in the WHAS-11 Stakes that was part of the Kentucky Derby Day card. The colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas is undefeated in two career starts after winning his career debut at Keeneland by five lengths.

Yes It’s True is the first stakes winner to represent Padua Stable’s, the newly-formed entity owned by Satish Sanan. A native of India, Sanan is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Information Management Resources. Founded by Sanan in 1988, the company had 1997 revenues of $83.6 million. In 1997, Sanan paid a European record $4.4 million for a full brother to Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Generous, and purchased Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Dance Design for 2.5 million guineas, also a European record for a racing filly. Sanan has purchased the 586-acre broodmare and stallion establishment near Summerfield, Fla., that was previously operated as Silverleaf Farms. Lukas is relocating his stable base from California to Florida to manager the operation for Sanan.

Yes It’s True was purchased by Padua Stables for $800,000, the third-highest price of the sale, at this year’s Barretts Equine Limited sale of 2-year-olds in training. Previously named Es Verdad, the colt was consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency on behalf of Bailey and partner Ken Ellenberg’s Bailey-Ellenberg Select. Yes It’s True had previously been purchased by B.T.A. Stable for $220,000 from the Eaton Sales consignment to the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Yes It’s True is one of five stakes winners sired by Is It True, the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner trained by Lukas. The 12-year-old son of Raja Baba began his breeding career in Australia before being relocated to John T. L. Jones, Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington, where his 1998 fee is $3,500.—R. M.