Secretariat S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 10f ,)
Military Hail Roberta , by Roberto
BBrant Laue, KY.; OBrant Laue; TWilliam I. Mott
Smart Strike Belva , by Theatrical (IRE)
BKeene Ridge Farm, KY.; OJames T. Scatuorchio; TTodd A. Pletcher
War Chant Buffalo Berry (IRE) , by Sri Pekan
BEdmund J. Loder, KY.; OAmerman Racing LLC; TRobert J. Frankel
Brant Laue homebred Gun Salute shot through the Arlington stretch Aug. 13, out-kicking race favorite English Channel over the yielding going to win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT). The 3-year-old son of Military also carried the day over the course July 23, up just in time to take the American Derby (gr. IIT) by a nose.
Gun Salute is the first homebred to run for Laue, a Kansas City attorney whose family also breeds prize Charolais cattle at their Laue Ranch in Washington County, Kansas.
Laue bred Gun Salute out of the unraced Roberto mare Hail Roberta, a half-sister to grade I winner Only Queens and grade III winner (group I-placed in France and Ireland) Contested Bid—all out of the Marshua’s Dancer mare Queens Only.
Laue purchased Hail Roberta privately, in foal to Jade Hunter, from Alfred Nuckols and Ed Gregory in late 2000. Gun Salute is Hail Roberta’s first stakes winner.
Laue keeps Hail Roberta at Nuckols’ Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. The first foal she produced for Laue, the Jade Hunter colt King of Music, was a winner in England in 2004, and placed in that country in 2005. Hurstland Farm, agent, consigned King of Music to the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale where Willie Browne went to $7,000 for the purchase.
Hail Roberta was a $310,000 Keeneland July yearling of 1986, consigned by Eaton-Williams on behalf of her breeder, Mrs. John Hanes. The late Allen E. Paulson made the purchase. Nuckols and Gregory bought her for $21,000 at the 1997 Keeneland November mixed sale.
“She’s a typical Roberto-sized mare, not too big,” said Nuckols, who aided Laue in the mating selection process. “She throws foals that are true to the stallion, so when Brant went looking for a stallion he went for size and bone, which Military amply provided. We also liked the Danzig/Roberto cross.”
Nuckols said Gun Salute was an early standout at Hurstland.
“He was a special foal—the biggest one she ever produced, I think. He started out big and he stayed that way.”
Now 20, Hail Roberta produced a Doneraile Court filly June 12. She was not bred this year but will be bred back to Military in 2006, according to Nuckols.
Military has sired four stakes winners, including additional 2005 added-money winner Pirates Bite. The 11-year-old son of Danzig stood the 2005 season at the Greathouse family’s Glencrest Farm near Midway, for a $5,000 fee.—P.V.S.