Northern Dancer S.
( 8f ,)
Glitterman Radioactivity , by Dixieland Band
BMcKee Stables Inc, KY.; OLloyd Madison Farms, IV LLC; TGregory D. Foley
Lone Star Sky
Conquistador Cielo Ministrada , by Deputy Minister
BJaime S. Carrion, FL.; OWalter L. New; TThomas M. Amoss
(DK B/ h,
Cherokee Run Blading Saddle , by Blade
BGulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; OJames McIngvale; TBob Baffert
Champali’s connections planned on running him in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) this year, but their plans were spoiled when the colt had a bout with colic the day before he was to ship to Pimlico.
“It happened on Tuesday,” trainer Greg Foley said of his Preakness week experience. “He started colicking on me about 10 that morning and went through the night.”
The son of Glitterman rested, though, and came back training well leading up to the June 14 Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs.
“Everything had to go right for the Northern Dancer, and it did,” Foley said.
With Pat Day aboard, the favorite Champali dueled for the lead in the early going and drew away for a two-length victory over Lone Star Sky. Despite the clipping pace of :44.13 and 1:08.82, Champali finished solidly.
“He’s got real tactical speed; he’s just a real smart horse,” Foley said.
The colt will probably be pointed next to the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on July 5.
The Northern Dancer win was another victory in Champali’s young but impressive career. He has not finished off the board this year; in addition to the Northern Dancer, he has won the John Battaglia Memorial, the WEBN Stakes, and the Turfway Preview Stakes at Turfway Park in 2003.
Foley trains Champali for the Lloyd Madison Farms IV syndicate, which includes Tim Sweeney, Fred Schwartz, and Rob Lloyd. Foley also conditions some 2-year-olds and older claiming horses for the syndicate.
Lloyd Madison purchased Champali at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale for $75,000; he was consigned by breeder John McKee’s McKee Stables. McKee has bred several stakes winners including Aye Bobby, Aye Doo Da, and Aye Jacoby.
Glitterman is the sire of 22 stakes winners, including Balto Star (gr. III) this year. Syndicated Glitterman stands at Nathan Fox and Richard Kaster’s Wafare Farm near Midway, Ky., for $15,000.—B.T.H.