A Phenomenon H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6f ,)

INTIDAB (DK B/ h, 113 lb) $90,000
Phone Trick —Alqwani , by Mr. Prospector
B—Shadwell Farm, LLC., KY.; O—Shadwell Stable; T—Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Artax (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $30,000
Marquetry —Raging Apalachee , by Apalachee
B—Carondelet Farm, KY.; O—Paraneck Stable; T—Louis Albertrani

Yes It's True (B h, 117 lb) $16,500
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Margins: 1½, 2¾, ½. Others: Good and Tough 121($9,000) , Run Johnny 117($4,500) , Mint 113 , Kashatreya 111 . Winning Jockey, Robbie G. Davis.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was right on target in feeling that Sheikh Hamdan’s homebred Intidab stood a good chance of winning the Aug. 11 A Phenomenon Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga against a field that included such top sprinters as Yes It’s True, Artax, and Good and Tough. “He ran 1:082/5 (for six furlongs) two back so I thought he belonged with these,” the conditioner said about that three-length victory at Belmont Park on July 5.

Sent off at 10-1 in the A Phenomenon, Intidab stayed close to the front under rider Robbie Davis before taking the lead in the stretch to win by 11/2 lengths. It was his second victory in six starts following his arrival from Dubai this spring. McLaughlin might run him next in the Sept. 6 Forego Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs on closing day at the Spa.

Intidab, who races in the name of Shadwell Stable, was produced from the Mr. Prospector mare Alqwani. In the name of Shadwell Estate Co., Sheikh Hamdan bought Alqwani for $700,000 at the 1989 Keeneland July yearling sale. Central Kentucky horseman Robert Courtney consigned the filly for Portsmith Partnership. Alqwani is kept at Shadwell Farm near Lexington, where she is in foal to Dumaani. Millionaire Dumaani stands at Shadwell.

Three days after the A Phenomenon, Sheikh Hamdan won a pair of stakes in Europe. His homebred colt Haami captured the Ridgewood Pearl Desmond Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh, and one of his fillies, 2-year-old Elaflaak, won the Swettenham Stud Stakes at Newbury in England.

Hammi’s sire, Nashwan, was a champion for Sheikh Hamdan, and stands for a syndicate at Shadwell Stud in England. Hammi’s dam, Oumaldaaya, is a half-sister to Erhaab, who won the 1994 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) for Sheikh Hamdan. Sheikh Hamdan sold Erhaab to Japanese breeders in 1994, and the horse entered stud the following year in Japan. He bought back Erhaab this year and will stand him at Shadwell near Lexington in 2000.

Phone Trick, sire of Intidab, has sired 39 stakes winners, including additional 1999 added-money winners Mazel Trick (gr. II), Lolabell, Touch Dial, Speed Dial, and Paula’s Girl. The last-named won the Candy Eclair Stakes at Monmouth Park four days after the A Phenomenon. Syndicated Phone Trick stands at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington. His 1999 fee was $30,000.—D.S.