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2nd at 5GULFSTREAM PARK H.
(gr. II , 9.5f , to Sir Whimsey, defeating Kiss the Kid, Leonnatus Anteas, Wood Be Willing ).
Sir Whimsey, whose name denotes a royal appearance and happy look, helped make Harvey Weinstein extremely happy by winning the March 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II). The 4-year-old Virginia-bred colt provided them with their first stakes win.
Sir Whimsey, who races in the name of Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable, took the lead at the top of stretch and won by a half-length in 1:56.96 for the 13/16 miles. James Toner has been training Sir Whimsey since last spring.
Weinstein bought Sir Whimsey for $75,000 at the 2006 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Moonshadow Farm, consigned as agent for Norman Casse, who had bought Sir Whimsey at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling from Sir Whimsey’s breeder, Chance Farm, agent.
“I liked his conformation and his breeze on the track before the sale,” Weinstein said.
The Turtle Bird Stable name came from the Weinsteins love of animals. “I love turtles, and my wife, Bernice, loves birds,” he said. The couple lives near Shokan, N.Y., near Kingston and Woodstock.
Weinstein, who is in the investment business, started in racing with claimers. He was supposed to go in with a stockbroker, but that person got cold feet and Weinstein went in alone. Weinstein experienced a measure of disappointment after one of his horses got claimed and promised himself that he would shoot for the top.
Sir Whimsey, by Jump Start out of the stakes-placed Star de Naskra mare Apogee, began the year with an allowance victory at Gulfstream at 11/8 miles in January. He has career earnings of $356,043.
Brooke Royster and his wife, Lindsley, own and operate Chance Farm near Gordonsville, Va. They are in their sixth year at the farm and own a half-dozen broodmares. Their operation formerly was based near Lexington.
The Roysters, in the Chance name, also are the breeders of Sir Whimsey’s stakes-winning older half-sister High Moment. A 5-year-old, High Moment was foaled at Lyn Burleson’s Burleson Farms near Versailles, Ky., and raised at Chance. Her big win came in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap on turf last July for Mr. and Mrs. D.R. Brown and Richard W. Palmer.
High Moment is in training in Maryland with Rodney Jenkins. The Roysters plan to send Sir Whimsey’s unnamed 2-year-old full sister to him.
Brooke Royster chose Jump Start as a mate for Apogee because of the stallion’s success as a 2-year-old. Jump Start won the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) and ran second in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) in his sole year of racing. Royster also felt Jump Start and Apogee matched well by conformation.
Apogee is not in foal for 2008 and is booked to After Market.
Jump Start has sired seven stakes winners, including additional 2008 added-money winner Cigar Starter. Jump Start stands for $10,000 at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington.—D.S.
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