Clark H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Honor Grades Peacock Alley , by Fast Play
BRamon Rangel, KY.; OElisabeth H. Alexander; TTodd A. Pletcher
A.P. Indy Urbane , by Citidancer
BJan Siegel, Mace Siegel & Samantha Siegel, KY.; OJay Em Ess Stable; TPaul J. McGee
Dynaformer Nice Gal , by Naskra
BStonecrest Farm, KY.; OStonecrest Farm; TMurray W. Johnson
Margins: head, 4, neck. Others: Andromeda's Hero 113($28,675) , M B Sea 116($17,205) , A. P. Arrow 111 , Purim 117 , Alumni Hall 117 , Go Now 114 , Total Impact (CHI) 117 , Chippewa Trail 116 , Stolen Time 116 . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.
On the same day his conditioner, Todd Pletcher, set a North American record for single-year earnings by a trainer, Magna Graduate graduated to millionaire status winning the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. There’s no doubt Magna Graduate helped boost Pletcher’s winning record this year. The 3-year-old son of the late Honor Grades entered the Clark with consecutive stakes wins in the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 30 and the Emirates Airline Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 29.
Pletcher was also represented at Churchill Nov. 24 by Falls City Handicap (gr. II) winner Indian Vale.
“With Ashado being retired, it’s always good when you have an Indian Vale and a Magna Graduate step up in their last races as 3-year-olds and kind of give you something to look forward to next year,” Pletcher said after the race.
Pletcher conditions Magna Graduate for Elisabeth Alexander, who acquired the colt after he finished second in the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park last fall. Alexander and her husband, Quentin, own Eutrophia Farm near Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Nicole Zitani and her husband, Ramon Rangel, bred Magna Graduate in Kentucky from the unraced Fast Play mare Peacock Alley. Garry Simms, agent, purchased the colt for $30,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Highclere Sales, agent. Simms trained the colt until he was sold to Alexander.
Peacock Alley is out of European stakes winner Anna’s Honor (by Alleged), who was group-placed. In addition to Magna Graduate, Peacock Alley is the dam of 2002 stakes winner Gralley (by Mr. Greeley).
At the recent Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, Gaines-Gentry, agent, purchased Peacock Alley, in foal to Hennessy, for $250,000 from consignor Our Farm. Highclere Sales, agent. Casual Run Farm purchased Peacock Alley’s yearling Brahms colt for $95,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September sale from the consignment of Our Farm (Highclere Sales, agent). Peacock Alley had a Holy Bull filly April 6.
Honor Grades is the sire of 32 other stakes winners, including 2005 added-money winners Egg Head, Onthedeanslist, Honorable Man, Time to Honor, and Ebony Honor (NZ-III). Honor Grades died in 2002.—A.W.