Churchill Downs H. (gr. II)
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Gone West Silken Cat , by Storm Cat
BMarie D. Jones, KY.; OMelnyk, Eugene and Laura; TTodd A. Pletcher
Memo (CHI) Joni U. Bar , by Nordic Prince
BMike Willman, CA.; OMike Willman; TLeonard Dorfman
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Petionville Cat News , by Storm Cat
BEverest Stables Inc., KY.; OMercedes Stables LLC and Villa, Marie M.; TVladimir Cerin
It was a good weekend for Oregon lumber magnate Aaron Jones and his wife, Marie. No, the couple didn’t find themselves draped in roses following the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) nor did they watch their colors being carried across the wire first at Churchill Downs. Instead they celebrated wins by two runners they bred and sold at public auction.
On April 30, Ashado won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the following day Speightstown scored a 31/2-length win in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).
Ashado races in the colors of Jack Wolf’s Starlight Stables in partnership with Paul Saylor and John Martin. Speightstown wears the blue and yellow silks of Eugene and Laura Melnyk. Todd Pletcher trains both stakes winners.
The Melnyks purchased Speightstown for $2 million at the 1999 Keeneland July yearling sale. Starlight Stables purchased Ashado for $170,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale. Both were consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
The Joneses bred Speightstown from the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Silken Cat, who they acquired in 1995 following her 2-year-old season. Silken Cat, who was the champion 2-year-old filly in Canada that year for Sam-Son Farm, made one start for Marie Jones before she was retired to the breeding shed. Speightstown is her first foal.
Silken Cat has a 2-year-old Unbridled’s Song colt who sold for $1.4 million to John Oxley at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga August yearling sale from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The colt is with trainer John T. Ward Jr.
The mare has a yearling Saint Ballado colt and foaled a full brother to the juvenile Unbridled’s Song colt this year. Silken Cat is booked back to that stallion.
Goulash, the dam of Ashado, is still owned by the Joneses and produced a Storm Creek colt this year and was bred back to Unbridled’s Song. She has a yearling Saint Ballado colt who will be kept and raced.
Gone West is the sire of Speightstown and 73 other added-money winners, including additional 2004 stakes winners Foregone and Conroy (UAE-III). Gone West stands at Dr. John and Alice Chandler’s Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. His 2004 fee is $125,000.—L.D.