Discovery H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

DURING (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $67,080
Cherokee Run —Blading Saddle , by Blade
B—Gulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; O—James McIngvale; T—Bob Baffert

Unforgettable Max (B h, 114 lb) $22,360
Northern Afleet —Maggy Hawk , by Hawkster
B—James Hatchett, FL.; O—Raymond Dweck; T—Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.

Inamorato (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $12,298
Tale of the Cat —Be My Sweetheart , by No Robbery
B—Broussard Hundley, KY.; O—Godolphin Racing LLC; T—Thomas Albertrani

Margins: nose, 1¾, 4¼. Others: Congrats 116($6,708) , Newfoundland 117($3,354) , Conservation 114 , Colita 116 , Sharp Impact 114 . Winning Jockey, Jose A. Santos.

Owner James McIngvale experienced another close call with his 3-year-old During. A son of Cherokee Run, During eked out a nose victory in the Oct. 29 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) opening day at Aqueduct reminiscent of his head triumph in the Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in July.

During, who won the Jerome Handicap (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length at Belmont Park in between those two photo finishes, went through the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale as part of the consignment of Jody and Michelle Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm, agent for Gulf States Racing Stables. M & M Racing bought During for $350,000, and the colt began his racing career for McIngvale the first part of this year under the care of trainer Bob Baffert.

Robert Wilensky, who was the majority owner of Gulf Coast Racing, no longer operates in the Gulf Coast name. He bought the colt’s dam, Blading Saddle, for $20,000 at the 1988 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company February sale of 2-year-olds in training from Florida Training Center. Blading Saddle twice was stakes-placed and earned $130,782 in three years of racing. She is boarded at Elm Tree near Paris, Ky., and is in foal to Chester House.

Gulf Coast bred two other stakes winners: graded winner Blumin Affair and European group winner Voyagers Quest. Blumin Affair probably gained more fame by placing in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) in the 1990s than by winning the San Diego Handicap (gr. III).

McIngvale might be best known in racing for having sponsored stakes in the name of his Gallery Furniture in Texas. He has campaigned several additional stakes winners, including graded winner Laydown.

Cherokee Run has sired 16 stakes winners, including additional 2003 added-money winners Kafwain (gr. II), Sir Cherokee (gr. II), Dream About (Can-II), Major Idea, and Scottish Bubbly. Cherokee Run stands at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington. He stood in 2003 for $20,000, and will stand next year for $40,000.—D.S