Swaps S. (gr. II)
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(DK B/ h,
Cherokee Run Blading Saddle , by Blade
BGulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; OJames McIngvale; TBob Baffert
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(DK B/ h,
Deputy Commander Wanted Again , by Criminal Type
BJim Plemmons, KY.; OChisholm, James, Jarvis, Michael, Reddam, J. Paul, et al; TWallace A. Dollase
Dehere Just Out , by Forty Niner
BRalph C. Wilson, Jr. Trustee, KY.; OCurrin, William L. and Eisman, Alvin; TWilliam L. Currin
Eye of the Tiger
American Chance Dial a Trick , by Phone Trick
BJohn D. Gunther, KY.; OJohn D. Gunther; TJerry Hollendorfer
Watch out the next time James McIngvale’s colt During runs in a stakes named after a great horse. During won the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II)—named after the 1956 Horse of the Year—at Hollywood Park by a head. In his two prior starts, the son of Cherokee Run ran second in the May 17 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico and was third in the June 14 Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs. Both stakes also honor champions.
During’s dam, Blading Saddle, is from a group of horses that Robert Wilensky raced as a member of a partnership in the 1980s and ‘90s in the name of Gulf States Racing Stable. Wilensky, who at one time co-owned Wafare Farm in Central Kentucky with Nathan Fox and was the majority owner of Gulf States, bought Blading Saddle for $20,000 at the 1988 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s February 2-year-old sale from Florida Training Center. Blading Saddle twice was stakes-placed and earned $130,782 in three years of racing.
Wilensky’s decision to breed Blading Saddle to champion Cherokee Run came about because of an earlier mating of the stallion to a Gulf States mare. The result was a filly. “She was a nice looking foal,” said Wilensky, who also was partial to Cherokee Run’s fee, $7,500 in 1999.
Wilensky consigned During through Jody and Michelle Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm, agent, to the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale, where M & M Racing bought the colt for $350,000. Wilensky, who no longer operates in the Gulf States name, boards his stock at Elm Tree near Paris, Ky. Blading Saddle, who experienced difficulties from mare reproductive loss syndrome the last two years, is in foal to Chester House. The popular stallion died in June during his third season at stud.
Cherokee Run has sired 14 stakes winners, including additional 2003 added-money winners Kafwain (gr. II), Sir Cherokee (gr. II), and Major Idea. Cherokee Run stands at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington. His 2003 fee was $20,000.—D