Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9f ,)

CASTLEDALE (IRE) (B h, 122 lb) $450,000
Peintre Celebre —Louju , by Silver Hawk
B—Gigginstown House Stud, IRE.; O—Lyons, Frank and Knee, Greg; T—Jeff Mullins

Imperialism (GR/RO h, 122 lb) $150,000
Langfuhr —Bodhavista , by Pass the Tab
B—Farnswoth Farms, KY.; O—Steve Taub; T—Kristin Mulhall

Rock Hard Ten (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $90,000
Kris S. —Tersa , by Mr. Prospector
B—Madeleine A. Paulson, KY.; O—Mercedes Stables LLC and Paulson, Madeleine; T—Jason R. Orman

Margins: head, 1, 2. Others: Quintons Gold Rush 122($45,000) , Wimbledon 122($15,000) , St Averil 122 , Lucky Pulpit 122 . Winning Jockey, Jose Valdivia, Jr..

After Castledale won the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), co-owner Frank Lyons said, “It’s all there as far as pedigree. He’s bred to go a mile and a half.”

Lyons, who races Castledale with Greg Knee, won’t need that much pedigree for the colt’s next race, the 11/4-mile Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but it’s always nice to have some in reserve. Now if Castledale tries the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) or Epsom Derby (Eng-I), both at 11/2 miles in June, he’ll need all that pedigree.

Castledale can count on a good deal of stamina from various members in his pedigree, especially his sire, Peintre Celebre. One of Europe’s top horses of the 1990s, Peintre Celebre won such lengthy French group I fixtures as the 1997 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey-Club (the French Derby), and Grand Prix de Paris the year he was a French champion at 11 to 14 furlongs. As a stallion, Peintre Celebre is represented by BMW 134 Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) winner Dai Jin, plus French group II winner Super Celebre, who ran second in the Prix du Jockey-Club.

Castledale’s dam, Louju, was unraced, but her sire, Silver Hawk, staked a claim as one of North America’s premier sires of stamina starting in the mid-1980s. As a racehorse, Silver Hawk won an English group III event and placed in the Epsom Derby (Eng-I) as well as the Irish Sweeps Derby (Ire-I), also at 11/2 miles. As a stallion, Silver Hawk boasts an Epsom Derby winner in Benny the Dip, plus other top distance stars Lady in Silver, Red Bishop, and Mutafaweq.

Lyons, who bought Castledale last year, was drawn to the colt’s toughness and durability. Castledale had made seven starts in a little over two months (July 10 to Sept. 14) and had captured one of those races and placed in five others. He missed winning by a nose, head, and neck in three of those runner-up efforts, including the St. Bernard Blenheim Stakes. Lyons, an analyst for Television Games Network, bought Castledale for Knee while visiting his native Ireland, but kept a piece of him. Both owners live in Southern California.

Castledale, the first stakes winner bred by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, is one of nine stakes winners and three this year for Peintre Celebre. The stallion’s other 2004 stakes winners are Ballybleue (Aust-II) and Mr Sandgroper (in Australia). Peintre Celebre stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.—D.S.