Eddie Read H. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 9f ,)
Nureyev Ring Beaune , by Bering (GB)
BWertheimer Et Frere, KY.; OPrestonwood Farm LLC; TJulio C. Canani
Distant View Toussaud , by El Gran Senor
BJuddmonte Farms Inc, KY.; OJuddmonte Farms, Inc.; TRobert J. Frankel
Irish River (FR) Spiritofpocahontas , by Alleged
BRobert B. Berger, KY.; OColeman, John, Dasaro, George, Thompson, James, et al; TWallace A. Dollase
Special Ring, who holds the mile course record at Del Mar, gave it another try in the 11/8-mile Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) and this time got it right. The 6-year-old gelding, who finished unplaced in the 2001 running in his third start following his arrival from France, captured the July 27 Del Mar feature by way of a front-running effort under David Flores in course record time of 1:45.87. Special Ring, who set the mile record of 1:32.72 in winning last year’s restricted Wickerr Handicap, earned $240,000 in the Eddie Read to up his career earnings to $657,023.
Jack Preston, who raced a number of good horses with brothers Art and the late J.R. in the name Prestonwood Farm, campaigns Special Ring in the farm name. The brothers owned Prestonwood Farm near Versailles, Ky., before selling it in 2000 to Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, who renamed it WinStar Farm. The Prestons’ major winners included classic winner and champion Victory Gallop, plus two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Da Hoss and multiple graded stakes winner Distorted Humor, both of whom they raced in partnership. Distorted Humor, the sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, and Victory Gallop stand at WinStar.
Special Ring began his racing career as a homebred for brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer in the name Wertheimer et Frere. Members of the family that owns the Chanel perfume manufacturing firm, the brothers campaigned 1993 Horse of the Year Kotashaan in the name La Presle Farm. Special Ring won two stakes in France and was group-placed there.
Deceased Nureyev, sire of Special Ring, is represented by 136 stakes winners, including additional 2003 added-money winner Thady Quill (in Barbados). Nureyev stood at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International prior to his death in 2001.—D.S.