Sport Page H. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 7f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Touch Gold Sultry Allure , by Forty Niner
BLive Oak Stud, KY.; OGary and Mary West Stables, Inc.; TRobert J. Frankel
Will's Way Tippecanoe Creek , by Olympio
BPaul Smith, KY.; OMichael B. Tabor; TTodd A. Pletcher
Prospector's Music Starr County , by Ogygian
BEdward P. Evans, KY.; OEdward P. Evans; TMark A. Hennig
Margins: 3½, 2, nose. Others: Voodoo 117($5,560) , Personal Touch 113($3,336) , Super Fuse 117($556) , Eavesdropper 114($556) , Conservation 114($556) , Tomahawk 115($556) . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.
Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old Mass Media overcame a troubled start, closed with a rush, and drew clear when roused for a 31/2 length victory over Lion Tamer and seven other older horses in the $111,200 Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Oct. 31.
The Bobby Frankel-trained son of Touch Gold captured his second straight stakes win, having just gotten his head by Smokume in the Fly So Free Stakes at Belmont Park Sept 12.
Mass Media now has five wins in seven starts, and his time of 1:21.10 for the seven-furlong event was just one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Artax in 1999.
The winner was bred in Kentucky by Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud near Ocala, Fla. He was consigned to the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, and purchased by Ben Glass, agent, for $65,000.
Mass Media was produced from the Forty Niner mare Sultry Allure, a winner once at age three, also bred and owned by Live Oak. She was trained Pat Kelly.
Live Oak general manager Eric Hamelback said Sultry Allure is “very special to us here as she is one of only two daughters produced from Sultry Sun, and the only one currently left here at the farm.”
Sultry Sun, by Buckfinder, is the dam of the multiple grade I winning millionaires Sultry Song, by Cox’s Ridge, and Solar Splendor, by Majestic Light. She is currently in foal to farm stallion Eltish.
Hamelback said Sultry Allure is a “very broad, Buckfinder-like mare—wide through the rear and heavily muscled—but with some good height to counteract all that.”
Hamelback said as a young colt Mass Media was a “typical Touch Gold foal, a very feminine-looking head. He was judged and sold before I arrived here and thought to be not much horse. But he’s really filled out I’m told, so I guess looks can be a little deceiving.”
Hamelback said Sultry Allure was in foal this year after being covered by Devil’s Bag but lost the foal prematurely, the second time she has aborted a colt recently by the Claiborne Farm stallion.
Touch Gold is the sire of Mass Media and six additional added-money winners, including 2004 stakes victors Midas Eyes (gr. I), Medallist (gr. II), and Adobe Gold. The 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner by Deputy Minister stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 fee of $50,000 will remain in place for the 2005 season.—P.S.