Frank E. Kilroe Mile H. (gr. II)
(gr. IIT , 8f ,)
Roi Normand Political Intrigue , by Deputy Minister
BHaras Santa Ana do Rio Grande, BRZ.; OLuis Alfredo Taunay; TRichard E. Mandella
Nureyev Chimes of Freedom , by Private Account
BFlaxman Holdings Ltd., KY.; OFlaxman Holdings, Ltd., Margolis, Jarvis, et al; TWallace A. Dollase
Distant View Toussaud , by El Gran Senor
BJuddmonte Farms Inc, KY.; OJuddmonte Farms, Inc.; TRobert J. Frankel
Margins: 1, 2, neck. Others: Century City (IRE) 116($24,000) , Cayoke (FR) 116($8,000) , Night Life (FR) 114 , Seinne (CHI) 116 , Music's Storm 116 , Smirk (GB) 117 , Kachamandi (CHI) 114 , Alyzig 113 . Winning Jockey, Alex O. Solis.
Redattore became a member of the millionaire’s club with his victory in the March 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita. In the process, the Brazilian-bred runner picked up his fourth U.S. graded stakes win since arriving from Argentina in 2000.
Redattore, who races for Brazilian Jockey Club president Luiz Alfredo Taunay, was foaled the same year as an earlier Brazilian import, Riboletta. Redattore also shares something else in common with Riboletta, a 2000 Eclipse Award winner as best older female. Both horses were bred by Haras Santa Ana do Rio Grande and sired by that farm’s stallion, Roi Normand.
A Kentucky-bred, Roi Normand initially raced in France, then the U.S., before ending up in Brazil. Bred by S.C.E.A. Haras du Mezeray, Rio Normand was stakes-placed twice in France and a grade I turf winner at Hollywood Park.
Roi Normand raced in the U.S. for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel. In 1988, he won the Ark-La-Tex Handicap (gr. III) in his third U.S. start and the Sunset Handicap (gr. IT) that summer three races later. He raced once the following year without winning and was sent to Brazil in 1990.
Redattore’s dam, Ontario-bred Political Intrigue, is back in North America after residing most of her life in Brazil. John T.L. Jones Jr., owner of Walmac International near Lexington, brokered the deal to bring her back while in foal to Roi Normand. Political Intrigue produced a colt in October of 2001, and was bred to Seeking the Gold last spring. She is due any day.
Political Intrigue, who formerly resided at Walmac, now is kept at Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud near Paris, Ky. She is owned by Denali and Barry Weisbord in partnership with several others.
Redattore, who won six of 10 races in Brazil and was unplaced in his sole Argentine start, started out the year with a victory in a Santa Anita allowance race in his first race since finishing third in the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar last July. Redattore captured the previous year’s Eddie Read and his other added-money wins came in the 2002 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) and the 2001 San Francisco Breeders’ Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT). Trainer Richard Mandella might run him next in the $700,000 Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) March 23 at Fair Grounds.
Roi Normand has sired 25 known stakes winners. At last report, he continues to stand at Haras Santa Ana do Rio Grande.—D.S.