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Won at 5PACIFIC CLASSIC S.
(gr. I , 10f , defeating Awesome Gem, Hello Sunday (FR), Arson Squad, Big Booster, Lava Man, Porfido (CHI), Albertus Maximus, A. P. Xcellent, Time Squared, Salty Humor, Sun Boat (GB) ).
Ro Parra makes buying a horse look easy. Nine days after purchasing Student Council, Parra watched the 5-year-old son of Kingmambo power his way to a victory in the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. It’s Parra’s biggest win as an owner in eight years of racing.
Even before his last score, Student Council was in the midst of his best year yet. Racing for breeder William S. Farish, Student Council captured the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap and placed in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III) and Alysheba Stakes (gr. III).
Parra, a vice president of Dell computers who owns Millennium Farms near Lexington, privately bought Student Council Aug. 10 from Farish. Millennium manager Bobby Miller was in charge of the inspection.
“It was Jerry Brown of Thoro-Graph (speed figures) that found the horse for Mr. Parra,” Miller said. “Mr. Parra wanted me to look at him to see what kind of individual he was. I went up to Saratoga, and we had him vetted Aug. 9. I passed him, and we bought him the next day. We flew him out to Del Mar Tuesday (Aug. 14). We wanted to fly him out sooner, but couldn’t get a flight.
“He’s a big horse, close to 17 hands. He’s scopy and has good bone, a lot of bone, and a classic racehorse look.”
Parra, either in his name or the farm name, has campaigned a number of stakes winners, including additional graded winners Even the Score, Santana Strings, Rolling Sea, and Super Frolic. Parra’s big score as a breeder came when Wilko won the 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Wilko recently was retired from racing (The Blood-Horse of Aug. 18, page 4430).
Student Council figured to be long on ability when it came to getting the 11¼4-mile Pacific Classic distance. His sire, Kingmambo, ranks as one of the world’s leading stallions at a mile and beyond. In June, his daughter Light Shift won the 11¼2-mile classic Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I). A son of Mr. Prospector, Kingmambo stands at Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Kris S., Student Council’s broodmare sire, is best known for contributing stamina to a pedigree.
Student Council’s stakes-winning half-brother, Gradepoint, also is by a Lane’s End stallion. Gradepoint, a 6-year-old, is by A.P. Indy.
Student Council’s dam, grade II winner Class Kris, is at Lane’s End where she produced a Ghostzapper colt this year. She is barren for 2008. Class Kris’ 2-year-old daughter, Green Oasis, is a winner in England.
Kingmambo has sired 71 stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Archipenko (Ire-II), Henrythenavigator (Eng-II), Alexandros (Fr-III), Detroit City (English steeplechaser), and Orbit O’Gold (Irish steeplechaser). Kingmambo’s 2007 fee at Lane’s End was private.—D.S.
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