Champagne S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 8.5f ,)

PROUD ACCOLADE (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $300,000
Yes It's True —Proud Ciel , by Septieme Ciel
B—Marion G. Montanari, FL.; O—Padua Stables; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Afleet Alex (B h, 122 lb) $100,000
Northern Afleet —Maggy Hawk , by Hawkster
B—John Martin Silvertand, FL.; O—Cash is King LLC; T—Timothy F. Ritchey

Sun King (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $50,000
Charismatic —Clever But Costly , by Clever Trick
B—James D. Conway, KY.; O—Tracy Farmer; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Margins: ½, 1¼, 11¾. Others: Silver Train 122($25,000) , Park Avenue Ball 122($15,000) , One Fein Dad 122($3,334) , Wallstreet Scandal 122($3,334) , All Trumps 122($3,332) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Padua Stables has an undefeated 2-year-old bullet in its holster heading to a Texas shoot-out at Lone Star Park Oct. 30. With John Velazquez aboard, their up-and-comer Proud Accolade stalked the pace like a seasoned vet—besting Afleet Alex and the top colts in the East—to capture the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) by a half-length at Belmont Park Oct. 9.

The win was the first in stakes company for Proud Accolade, who notched two allowance victories during the Saratoga meet this summer. The score also marked the first Champagne title for Belmont’s current leading trainer Todd Pletcher, who will likely send his colt on to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

“The one thing that has been so impressive about him from day one is that he has always had a terrific mind,” said Pletcher. “A lot of horses you get in 2-year-olds in training sales that are fast want to be fast all the time. He’s one of those colts that is very cooperative and gives it to you when you ask for it.”

Padua Stables, near Summerfield, Fla., is owned by Satish and Anne Sanan. Padua Stables also campaigns 2004 Azalea Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) winner Dazzle Me and Cicada Stakes (gr. III) winner Bohemian Lady and are partners in Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Quintons Gold Rush and 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Cajun Beat.

Proud Accolade was bred in Florida by Marion Montanari. Padua Stables purchased the colt for $450,000 at the 2004 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-olds in training sale from the consignment of Eisaman Equine, agent. Eisaman originally purchased Proud Accolade for $47,000 at the 2003 OBS August yearling sale from the consignment of Summerfield, agent.

Montanari also bred and raced Proud Accolade’s dam Proud Ciel. Bred in Kentucky, Proud Ciel is by the French stakes winner Septieme Ciel, also the broodmare sire of 2-year-old standout and 2001 Champagne Stakes winner Officer.

Proud Ciel was pulled out of the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale when consigned by Montanari, Cornerstone Stable, agent. Her first foal, Dilistar, by Diligence, was a winner at age three. In 2003 she produced a full brother to Proud Accolade who sold for $115,000 at the OBS yearling sale to Wingate Sales Agency.

Yes It’s True, currently fourth leading sire of 2-year-olds in North America by earnings, is the sire of Proud Accolade and additional 2004 stakes winners Chandtrue (gr. III) and B. B. Best. In September of 2004, Yes It’s True was moved from Padua Stables to Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. He stood at Padua in 2004 for a fee of $10,000.—P.S.