Vosburgh S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 6f ,)

TASTE OF PARADISE (DK B/ h, 124 lb) $300,000
Conquistador Cielo —Tastetheteardrops , by What Luck
B—Abrahams, Snukal & Bloom, KY.; O—David B. Bloom; T—Gary Mandella

Tiger Heart (CH h, 124 lb) $100,000
Scatmandu —No Small Miracle , by Silver Deputy
B—Audubon Farm, KY.; O—Buckram Oak Farm; T—Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

Lion Tamer (CH h, 124 lb) $50,000
Will's Way —Tippecanoe Creek , by Olympio
B—Paul Smith, KY.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: 2, neck, head. Others: Silver Wagon 124($25,000) , I'm the Tiger 124($15,000) , Mass Media 124($2,000) , Unfurl the Flag 124($2,000) , Pomeroy 124($2,000) , Woke Up Dreamin 124($2,000) , Uncle Camie 124($2,000) . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

David Bloom’s Taste of Paradise drew two lengths clear of a stellar field to win Belmont’s $500,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1. It was the second graded stakes score at six furlongs for the son of Conquistador Cielo since moving to the barn of trainer Gary Mandella. Mandella took over the conditioning prior to Taste of Paradise’s nose victory in the Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) last December.

“He’s won a graded stakes at 11/16 miles,” said Mandella of 6-year-old Taste of Paradise’s win in the 2003 San Diego Handicap (gr. II). “But he’s settled into being a sprinter as an older horse. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this happen. Some horses get tired of the grind of 11/4 miles. He’s figured out he likes to come from behind with one big burst.”

Taste of Paradise was bred in Kentucky by Bloom, a Los Angeles attorney, along with former partners Keith Abrahams and Robert Snukal. The men initially purchased two broodmares to get started in the business, including Taste of Paradise’s dam, the winning What Luck mare Tastetheteardrops, who they bought for $60,000 at the 1997 Keeneland November mixed sale.

To aid the dissolution of the partnership, Bloom purchased Taste of Paradise for $425,000 at the 2004 Barretts January mixed sale. Bloom also bought back Tastetheteardrops for $18,000, in foal to Crafty Friend, at the 2002 Keeneland January mixed sale.

That foal, the unraced 3-year-old colt Crafty S, is a full brother to Tastetheteardrops’ additional stakes winner, the filly Crafty Tears, whom the other partners kept after the dissolution. Bloom has Crafty S in training.

“The What Luck suggests sprinting,” said Bloom, “but he had done well going longer. He has tactical speed and he’s a very smart horse. He love to work, and he loves to compete.”

Taste of Paradise’s pedigree includes a variety of versatile runners and sires. He is inbred 4 x 3 to Bold Ruler, his grandsire is Mr. Prospector, and Conquistador Cielo won both the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at a mile and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at 11/2 miles in 1982.

Bloom keeps 16-year-old Tastetheteardrops at Robert P. Ochocki’s Columbiana Farm near Paris, Ky. She produced a Marquetry filly May 8 and was not bred back.

Bloom will offer a half-sister to Taste of Paradise, the unraced With Approval mare Taste of Approval, at the upcoming Keeneland November sale. The owner said plans call for Taste of Paradise to run in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) Nov. 26, and then be retired.

Conquistador Cielo, sire of 69 stakes winners, died at age 23 in 2002 due to the infirmities of old age. He stood at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris.—P.V.S.