Jerome H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8f ,)

DURING (DK B/ h, 118 lb) $90,000
Cherokee Run —Blading Saddle , by Blade
B—Gulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; O—James McIngvale; T—Bob Baffert

Tafaseel (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $30,000
Belong to Me —Runup the Colors , by A.P. Indy
B—W. S. Farish, KY.; O—Shadwell Stable; T—Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Pretty Wild (B h, 116 lb) $16,500
Wild Again —Pretty Discreet , by Private Account
B—E. Paul Robsham, KY.; O—E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC; T—Stanley M. Hough

Margins: ¾, 4¾, 1¼. Others: Inamorato 114($9,000) , Your Bluffing 113($4,500) , Roses in May 113 , Distinct Vision 114 , Gigawatt 115 , Region of Merit 118 . Winning Jockey, Jose A. Santos.

Owner James McIngvale made a big splash when he jumped into the Thoroughbred industry in 1996. He spent a good deal of money buying horses at auctions, and sponsored at least two races in the name of his company, Gallery Furniture. He had his first graded stakes winner early on when Laydown won the 1997 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III), but McIngvale had to wait six years for his second graded winner, During, who won the grade II Swaps Stakes in July. During recently returned to the winner’s circle following the grade II Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park.

McIngvale purchased During for $350,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale in the name M & M Racing, from Elm Tree Farm, agent. During made his first start in January of this year and broke his maiden in February in his second start. Prior to the Swaps he placed in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico and the Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs. During has made all 11 of his starts for trainer Bob Baffert.

During is one of three stakes winners bred by Gulf States Racing Stables, a partnership headed by Robert Wilensky. The outfit also bred Blumin Affair, winner of the 1995 San Diego Handicap (gr. III), and Voyagers Quest, winner of the 1996 Prix Saint-Roman (Fr-III) at Evry and the 1997 Thresher Classic Trial Stakes (Eng-III) at Sandown.

Wilensky purchased During’s dam, Blading Saddle, for $20,000 from Florida Training Center at the 1988 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s February select sale of 2-year-olds in training. While racing in the Gulf States name, Blading Saddle placed in the Dixie Belle and Dixie Miss Stakes in 1989.

Wilensky, who no longer operates in the Gulf States name, keeps Blading Saddle at Elm Tree Farm near Paris, Ky. The mare is in foal to Chester House.

During is one of 15 stakes winners by champion Cherokee Run. The sire has been represented by five 2003 added-money winners, including two other grade II winners this year, Kafwain and Sir Cherokee. Cherokee Run and Kafwain stand at Darley at Jonabell, near Lexington, where Cherokee Run’s 2003 fee was $20,000.—K.I.G.