Amsterdam S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 6f ,)
Wheaton Smiling Santanna , by Prospectors Gamble
BSez Who Thoroughbreds, FL.; OMillennium Farms; TSteven M. Asmussen
Jules Satinet , by Olympio
BKirt Cahill, KY.; OCahill, Christopher and Kirt, Rothfuss, Paul and McCord, James; TCarl A. Nafzger
(DK B/ h,
Old Trieste Ridden in Thestars , by Cormorant
BJohn Mulholland, KY.; OBuckram Oak Farm; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Margins: ¾, ½, 1. Others: Storm Surge 123($7,500) , Middle Earth 115($4,500) , Vicarage 117($750) , Going Wild 121($750) , Maddy's Lion 119($750) , Gamblers Slew 121($750) . Winning Jockey, Eibar Coa.
Millennium Farms’ Santana Strings won his second straight, this time with a determined three-quarter-length win in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 7. The 3-year-old son of Wheaton entered the race off a two-length win in the Alysheba Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Lone Star July 2 where he covered six furlongs there in 1:08.52.
Santana Strings broke his maiden for a $50,000 claiming tag at Arlington Park last July. He was transferred to the barn of Steve Asmussen for the 2005 season after a second-place finish in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds and was a private purchase by Millennium Farms owner Ro Parra in December.
Prior to coming under the care of Asmussen and Parra, Santana Strings raced for owner Shamrock Hill Farm and was trained by Tom Tomillo.
The Amsterdam winner was bred in Florida by Sez Who Thoroughbreds, operators of farms near Ocala, Fla., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Sez Who consigned the colt to the 2003 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale where Del Sol Farm went to $8,000 to make the purchase. Del Sol Farm, as agent, placed him in the 2004 OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale where his reserve was not attained at $22,000.
Santana Strings is out of the winning, 9-year-old Prospectors Gamble mare Smiling Santanna, who was bred in Florida by Dr. Harvey Liebeskind.
Smiling Santanna has sold five times at public auction. Sez Who Thoroughbreds consigned her to the 2003 OBS fall mixed sale, in foal to Precise End, where Morris Powell, agent, purchased her for $1,700.
Out of the Pursuit mare Our Lady Tingle, Smiling Santanna is full sister to stakes-placed winner Rainbow Pride, second in the 2000 Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct, and half-sister to the stakes-winning colt The Professor, by Romantic Lead, winner of the 1990 Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont, and stakes-placed Our Lady Punch (by K.O. Punch).
Smiling Santanna’s first foal, the Tejano Run filly Tejana Sonriente, was a winner earlier this year. Her Precise End foal of 2004 died.
Wheaton, sire of nine stakes winners, stood the 2005 season at Dr. William J. Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa., for a fee of $3,500.—P.S.