Swale S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 7f ,)

YES IT'S TRUE (B h, 122 lb) $60,000
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Texas Glitter (B h, 117 lb) $20,000
Glitterman —Come on Texas , by Apalachee
B—Ronald J. Whiting, FL.; O—Swartz, Dennis B. and Ryan, Michael J.; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Lucky Roberto (DK B/ h, 119 lb) $11,000
Belong to Me —Roberto's Gal (GB) , by Roberto
B—Lorie J. Mark, NY.; O—J. Mack Robinson; T—Frank A. Alexander

Margins: head, 5½, 1. Others: Lifeisawhirl 117($6,000) , Corroborator 112($3,000) . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Of the three stakes winners who raced in Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables silks in 1998, Yes It’s True was the first of the group to enter the winner’s circle following an added-money victory when he won the WHAS-11 Stakes last May. The four-time stakes winner made it five with a gutsy stretch drive to beat favored Texas Glitter by a head in the March 13 Swale Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

Sanan, who was born in India and now lives in Florida, and trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a native of Wisconsin who now is also based in the Sunshine State, have made news in the past year while developing a program based at the former Silverleaf Farm location near Ocala. Last year, in addition to Yes It’s True’s wins in the green and gold Padua silks, Lukas saddled Time Bandit and Brazilian-bred Verinha for wins for Padua, highlighted by the Sanford (gr. III) and Dowager Stakes, respectively.

Both Time Bandit and Verinha were privately purchased after proving themselves at an early age. Yes It’s True also showed his stuff early, but it was at last year’s Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training. There, Padua paid $800,000 for the son of Is It True, after he worked an eighth of a mile in :10.20. The price was the third highest at that sale. Pinhookers Jerry Bailey and Ken Ellenberg had consigned the colt through Jerry Bailey Sales Agency. B.T.A. Stable originally purchased the colt at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale for $220,000 from the Eaton Sales consignment.

George Waggoner bred Yes It’s True at his Waggoner Farm near Lexington. The breeder purchased Clever Monique, the colt’s dam, from Walmac International for $16,000 at the 1995 Keeneland November mixed sale. Through Eaton Sales, agent, Waggoner entered the mare in the 1998 edition of the same sale, but she did not meet her reserve and was bought back for $475,000. In both 1995 and 1998, Clever Monique was in foal to Is It True, the sire of Yes It’s True, when she entered the ring.

Waggoner sold Clever Monique privately to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lakin and Becky Thomas the day before the Swale Stakes. The mare is due to produce an Is It True foal on March 23, and is kept at the Lakin’s Lakland Farm near Versailles, Ky. Waggoner still owns stakes producers Nearly a Princess and Tin Star. Clever Monique’s yearling Skywalker colt is also at his farm.

Clever Monique’s 2-year-old Skywalker colt, Night Flight, was sold privately just after he failed to meet his reserve at the 1998 Keeneland September yearling sale. Waggoner bought him back for $95,000, then sold him to Marc Winston. The colt is in training in South Carolina, and is scheduled to join Tom Amoss’ barn sometime this summer.

Is It True has sired seven stakes winners. The stallion has stood in both Kentucky and Australia for at least a portion of every year since 1993. His permanent home is at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington, where his 1999 fee is $6,500.—K. J. I.