D. R. Horton Metroplex Mile S.
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Sandpit (BRZ) Wishes and Roses , by Greinton (GB)
BBart Evans, KY.; OBart B. Evans; TBart B. Evans
Touch Gold Aly's Adita , by Alydar
BHighfield Farm, KY.; ORobert V. LaPenta; TNicholas P. Zito
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Cherokee Run Blading Saddle , by Blade
BGulf States Racing Stables II, KY.; OJames McIngvale; TNicholas J. Hines
Margins: 1¼, 2, 1. Others: Spanish Empire 123($6,000) , Akanti (IRE) 121($3,000) , Guaranteed Sweep 119 , Snorter 121 , Ole Rebel 121 , Runaway Choice 119 , Intelligent Male 123 , Pie N Burger 123 . Winning Jockey, Jeremy Beasley.
Bart B. Evans’ homebred Wishingitwas got the Breeders’ Cup card at Lone Star Park started with a pistol Oct. 30, when the 38-1 longest shot on the board closed on the pack, drifted in at the end and prevailed for a 11/4-length win in the $100,000 D.R. Horton Metroplex Mile Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward.
On a track listed as “good” the 5-year-old son of the Brazilian-bred Sandpit clocked a mile in 1:35.41, besting 10 others which included co-favorite and multiple stakes winner Pie N Burger, who finished last. The Nick Zito-trained Seek Gold was placed second after Spanish Empire was disqualified and placed fourth.
The win was the second in stakes company for Wishingitwas, who captured the No Le Hace Stakes over the turf at Retama Park in October of 2003, his last top prize. His only appearance in graded stakes company came in the 2002 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park where he finished a distant ninth.
Evans bred his winner in Kentucky and also has conditioned him for all of his 25 starts. He was produced from the stakes-winning mare Wishes and Roses, victorious for Evans and trainer Jeffrey Williams in three wins and career earnings of $61,315.
At two she won the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Rascal Stakes at River Downs and finished second in the American Beauty Breeders’ Cup Stakes over the same course that year. A winner also at three, she was stakes-placed in the Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park in 1994.
Evans purchased Wishes and Roses under the name B.B.E. at the 1992 Keeneland September yearling sale for $20,000 from the consignment of Live Oak Stud, agent.
She was sired by the English-bred stallion Greinton, winner of the 1985 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and 1986 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and earner of nearly $2 million.
Wishingitwas’ second dam is the stakes-winning Anniversary Wish, victor in the 1988 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar and earner of $75,300 in her 12 career starts.
Wishingitwas is the first winner for Wishes and Roses, who has produced only four foals since 1995. In 2004 she was barren after being covered by Flying Chevron.
A multiple group/grade I winner in Brazil and North America, Sandpit is the sire of Wishingitwas and six other stakes winners, including 2004 added-money victors Minge Cove and Genuine Blonde (in Australia). Sandpit stood his last season in 2003 at Bruce Kline’s Spendthrift Farm near Lexington for a fee of $3,500 before his death that year at age 14 from liver disease and a cancerous tumor. Kline sold Spendthrift this summer to B. Wayne Hughes.—P.S.