Strub S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

DOMESTIC DISPUTE (CH h, 117 lb) $180,000
Unbridled's Song —Majestical Moment , by Magesterial
B—Gary Garber, KY.; O—Bienstock, David and Winner, Charles A.; T—Patrick Gallagher

During (DK B/ h, 121 lb) $60,000
Cherokee Run —Blading Saddle , by Blade
B—Gulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; O—James McIngvale; T—Bob Baffert

Buckland Manor (CH h, 117 lb) $36,000
Bien Bien —Bags of Pace , by Shadeed
B—Trudy McCaffery, KY.; O—McCaffery, Trudy and Toffan, John A.; T—J. Paco Gonzalez

Margins: neck, ¾, ½. Others: Midas Eyes 119($18,000) , Formal Attire 117($6,000) , Eye of the Tiger 117 , Saint Buddy 117 , Toccet 117 , Mud Shark 117 , Buddy Gil 119 , Anziyan Royalty 117 . Winning Jockey, Kent J. Desormeaux.

Prior to winning the Feb. 7 Strub Stakes (gr. II) Domestic Dispute hadn’t visited the winner’s circle for over a year—but he hadn’t left stakes company in that time either. The son of Unbridled’s Song won last year’s Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) by three lengths for Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Gary Garber, which catapulted him into tough, top company for his next three starts. He ran fifth in both the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), then placed third in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) in April.

After the Coolmore Lexington, Dave Bienstock and Charles Winner purchased Domestic Dispute privately. They transferred him to Patrick Gallagher’s stable, and Gallagher saddled him for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He finished 10th.

Domestic Dispute got a break after the Derby and returned to the races in September. He has competed in only graded stakes races since then, but he failed to place in four tries prior to the Strub.

Bienstock and Winner have raced a number of stakes horses together and with other partners. They owned 1995 California Derby (gr. III) winner Fine n’ Majestic with Neil Papiano, and raced Del Mar Derby (gr. II) and Bay Meadows Breeders’ Cup Derby (gr. IIIT) winner Walkslikeaduck with Michael Parks and Eric Siegel.

Garber acquired Olay Monique, the granddam of Domestic Dispute, in 1987 for $21,000 at the California Thoroughbred Sales March sale at Hollywood Park. Trainer David Cross Jr. signed the ticket on behalf of Garber, then conditioned the filly for his client.

Olay Monique raced only four times, but two of her first three foals became stakes winners. Her first foal, Dianes Halo (by Sunny’s Halo), won the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) for Diane Garber and trainer Cross. Pugnacious, Olay Monique’s third foal, won the Rushaway Stakes for Gary Garber.

Garber bred Majestical Moment, the dam of Domestic Dispute, in Kentucky. She, too, was trained by Cross and raced in Diane Garber’s name. She won two of her 15 starts and placed in the Bay Meadows Oaks (gr. III) and the Mountain View Stakes. Majestical Moment died in 2001, but Garber still owns her first foal, Hualalai. Hualalai and Olay Monique both produced fillies by Garber’s stallion Flame Thrower in Florida in 2003.

Unbridled’s Song has sired 27 stakes winners, including Domestic Dispute. The stallion stands at the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. His 2004 fee is $125,000.—K.I.G.