Discovery H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

MAGNA GRADUATE (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $172,350
Honor Grades —Peacock Alley , by Fast Play
B—Ramon Rangel, KY.; O—Elisabeth H. Alexander; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Scrappy T (DK B/ g, 119 lb) $57,450
Fit to Fight —Perpetual Light , by Sunny's Halo
B—Upson Downs Farm, KY.; O—Marshall E. Dowell; T—W. Robert Bailes

Buzzards Bay (CH h, 121 lb) $28,725
Marco Bay —Lifes Lass , by Seneca Jones
B—Jay Shaw, FL.; O—Gary Broad; T—Ronald W. Ellis

Margins: ¾, 2¾, neck. Others: Andromeda's Hero 115($14,362) , Watchmon 115($8,617) , War Front 115($958) , Freedom Isnt Free 115($958) , Tani Maru 115($958) , Quadrant 116($958) , Scipion 118($958) , Spanish Mission 114($956) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Elisabeth Alexander’s Magna Graduate keeps graduating to bigger and better wins. His first stakes win came in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park in March. His second came in the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) in September at Meadowlands. His third came in his next start in the $287,250 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

Alexander bought Magna Graduate after he finished second in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway last fall. A son of deceased Honor Grades, Magna Graduate was bred in Kentucky by Ramon Rangel, and his wife, Nicole Zitani, and sold at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale to trainer Garry Simms, agent, for $30,000. Highclere Sales consigned as agent.

Magna Graduate has placed together a solid career, winning or placing in 11 of 14 starts and earning $791,432. He placed in three Derbys this year, the Ohio (gr. II), Illinois (gr. II), and West Virginia (gr. III).

Magna Graduate’s dam, Peacock Alley, is scheduled to sell at the Fasig-Tipton November mixed sale. Consigned by Highclere, agent, she is in foal to Hennessy.

Alexander and her husband, Quentin, own Eutrophia Farm near Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The couple earned a 1998 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Award as Ohio’s outstanding breeders. Alexander raced additional 2005 stakes winner Package Store, who has been retired and will enter stud at Eutrophia for $1,500. “He had tremendous speed,” Alexander said.

The Discovery was named for Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s great weight carrier from the 1930s. Discovery won carrying 139 pounds in the 1935 Merchants’ and Citizens’ Handicap at Saratoga. A famous broodmare sire, Discovery is the maternal grandsire of Bold Ruler, who is shown in the fourth generation of Magna Graduate’s pedigree.

Deceased Honor Grades is represented by 32 stakes winners, including additional 2005 stakes winners Egg Head, Honorable Man, Onthedeanslist, and Ebony Honor (NZ-III). Honor Grades stood at Darby Farm Farm near Lexington prior to his death in March of 2002.—D.S.