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Storm Cat Heavenly Prize , by Seeking the Gold
BPhipps Stable, KY.; OPhipps, Ogden Mills, et al; TClaude R. McGaughey III
El Prado (IRE) Fort Pond , by Fortunate Prospect
BDavid P. Block, IL.; OTeam Block; TChris M. Block
Silver Deputy Go First Class , by Easy Goer
BSam-Son Farm, ON.; OSam-Son Farms; TMark R. Frostad
Phipps Stable’s regally-bred Good Reward certainly made his daddy proud at Keeneland Oct. 10, driving to a three-quarters of a length win in his sire’s eponymous Storm Cat Stakes. The $110,600 stakes for 3-year-olds was part of Keeneland’s opening ‘Fall Stars Weekend.’
The turf was firm, and the weather was typical Kentucky fall spectacular as the Shug McGaughey trainee, piloted by Edgar Prado, rated four paths wide early before angling farther wide on the turn for his drive down the lane to best place and show runners Fort Prado and Silver Ticket, respectively.
Good Reward was bred in Kentucky by Phipps Stable and races for Ogden Mills Phipps, et al. He was produced from a daughter of Seeking the Gold—1994 3-year-old filly champion Heavenly Prize-a homebred for Ogden Phipps and conditioned by McGaughey to earnings of $1,825,940 and seven grade I scores in New York: the 1993 Frizette Stakes; 1994 Gazelle Handicap and Beldame Stakes; and 1995 Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park; and the 1994 Alabama Stakes, 1995 John A. Morris Handicap, and Go for Wand Stakes at Saratoga. She was also victorious in the 1995 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
Twice runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), the Phipps’ bloodlines can be found in both her dam, unraced Oh What a Dance, and her second dam, Blitey, graded stakes winner of $297,746, including scores in the 1979 Maskette Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and a division of the Test Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Heavenly Prize has been bred to Storm Cat on four occasions. Her 1998 colt, Pure Prize, raced to earnings of $475,459, including a score in the 2002 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park. Good Reward is the second stakes winner from the pairing. In 2004 she produced another colt by the son of Storm Bird.
Heavenly Prize is boarded at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where the Phipps’ broodmare band is kept.
“It was a real exciting win for us,” said Claiborne assistant manager Charles Koch. “Heavenly Prize is another classy Phipps mare, but all the mares they keep here are.” Koch said Heavenly Prize is in foal to El Prado on a May 18 cover date.
Storm Cat is the sire 126 stakes winners. Among his 16 added-money winners in 2004 are Consolidator (gr. I), Storm Flag Flying (gr. I), Sweet Catomine (gr. I), Cat Fighter (gr. II), Fantasticat (gr. II), Newfoundland (gr. III), and Delmonico Cat (gr. IIIT). Storm Cat stands at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington. His 2004 fee was $500,000 and he will remain at that figure in 2005.—P.S.