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Won at 4GOLDEN GATE FIELDS H.
(gr. III , 9f , defeating Adreamisborn, Cheroot, Ace Blue (BRZ), Symphony Sid ).
Cosmonaut proved himself a versatile runner with his first dirt victory in the Golden Gate Fields Handicap March 25 at Golden Gate Fields. Drawing away in the far turn, he crossed the wire 41/4 lengths ahead of favored Adreamisborn. Carrying 113 pounds, Cosmonaut was the longest shot in the five-horse field when the race was moved from turf to dirt. The $150,000 contest was also his first stakes victory.
Bred by Patricia Pavlish in Kentucky, the 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid has won three of 11 career starts and earned $206,255. Last fall, Cosmonaut ran second in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. He came into the Golden Gate off a fourth-place effort in a Santa Anita optional claiming contest in February.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Cosmonaut was purchased by his former trainer, Carlos Martin, as agent, for $105,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. Cosmonaut made his first seven starts for Martin, and then was transferred to the barn of Patrick Biancone. He has carried the colors of Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee Stable throughout his career.
Lizza owns the New York-based Highcliff Farm with Joe Bartone. Situated on 800 acres near Saratoga Springs in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the farm is home to 150 broodmares and is run by veterinarian C. Lynwood O’Cain and his wife, Suzi.
Cosmonaut is out of the graded stakes-placed Capote mare Cosmic Fire. His abilities can also be traced back to his second dam, multiple stakes winner Future Bright (by Lyphard’s Wish).
In addition to Cosmic Fire, Future Bright produced stakes-placed Further Outlook (by Zilzal), Venizia (by Old Trieste), and Gotta Wear Shades (by Kris S.). Future Bright’s dam, Pro Tab (by Al Hattab), is the dam of two other stakes winners. Her winning, stakes-placed daughter Miss Drum Beat (by Drum Fire) produced Claudina (by Sir Roland), who was Puerto Rico’s 1992 champion 2-year-old filly.
Cosmonaut is the third winner and first stakes winner for Cosmic Fire, who aborted her Aldebaran foal this year. Cosmic Fire’s last named foal, Cosmic Rover, is a 2-year-old full brother to Cosmonaut.
Lemon Drop Kid is the sire of five stakes winners. The 10-year-old son of Kingmambo stands at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $20,000.—E.M.
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