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Holy Bull Cherie , by Afleet
BJ. V. Shields Jr., FL.; OJoseph V. Shields, Jr.; TH. Allen Jerkens
Gone West Silken Cat , by Storm Cat
BMarie D. Jones, KY.; OMelnyk, Eugene and Laura; TTodd A. Pletcher
Virginia Rapids Valenza , by Chief's Crown
BR. Warren Lyster, KY.; OJohn L. Moirano; TGary C. Contessa
Joseph Shields Jr.’s homebred Garnered keeps getting better and better. The 5-year-old son of Holy Bull won the May 26 Jaipur Handicap at Belmont Park for his third win in three starts this year in his first-ever added-money try. Time for the race was 1:23.49 over a sloppy seven furlongs.
Garnered went into the Jaipur—named for George D. Widener’s champion 3-year-old male of 1962—off a hefty 110 Beyer Speed Figure at Belmont 11 days earlier in an allowance score. Trainer Allen Jerkens might try him next in the June 7 True North Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
Shields, chairman and chief executive officer of the New York brokerage and investment firm Shields & Co., boards his stock at Levertt and Linda Miller’s T-Square Farm near Fairfield, Fla. Garnered’s dam, Cherie, currently is at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where she is in foal to Langfuhr. Cherie produced a Florida-bred Joyeux Danseur filly in March. Garnered’s 4-year-old half-sister, Poach, also is a member of Shields’ broodmare band. Poach was bred this year to Wagon Limit and is in foal. Wagon Limit, a grade-I winning homebred for Shields, stands at Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
Shields races additional 2003 stakes winner House Party. The homebred 3-year-old filly won the May 10 Nassau County Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont for her third stakes win of the year.
Garnered did not run at ages two or three because of immaturity. He raced only five times as a 4-year-old last year before sickness forced him to the sidelines that fall. He spent the winter at T-Square.
“They did a great job with him, having him ready and good and sound,” Jerkens said. “He’s a beautiful horse.”
The Jaipur was scheduled for the turf, but was moved to the dirt because of inclement weather. The transfer caused the race to go from grade III to listed status. A hearing by the graded stakes committee will be held to determine whether the race should be returned to grade III status.
Holy Bull, Horse of the Year in 1994, has sired 17 stakes winners, including additional 2003 stakes winner Estimraar (UAE-III). Holy Bull stands for $15,000 at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.—D.S.