Aventura S.

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DOCTOR DECHERD (DK B/ g, 116 lb) $75,000
Louis Quatorze —Hidden Pleasure , by Proper Reality
B—Calumet Farm, KY.; O—Mike McCarty; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Itsallboutthechase (B g, 116 lb) $25,000
Devil His Due —Wild Goose Chase , by Dynaformer
B—Stephen E. Johnson, KY.; O—Burr J. Travis; T—Garry W. Simms

My Golden Song (GR/RO h, 116 lb) $13,750
Unbridled's Song —Golden Par , by Gold Meridian
B—Centaur Farms, Inc., KY.; O—Centaur Farms, Inc. (Heath); T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: nose, 5¼, 1. Others: Big Lover 116($7,500) , In Summation 120($3,750) , Saint Daimon 120 , Catcominatcha 120 , Little Cliff 116 , D' broken Speed 116 , Dixie Swinger 116 , Liquoreux 116 , Lake Kerr 117 . Winning Jockey, Shaun Bridgmohan.

The late Henryk de Kwiatkowski’s two biggest success stories in the stallion game were Danzig and Conquistador Cielo. But the two were completely different stories.

Because of soundness problems, Danzig, a son of Northern Dancer, made just three starts. He won them all, but because he never started in a stakes, he entered stud for a $20,000 fee. Conquistador Cielo won the Met Mile (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in less than a week’s time and the son of Mr. Prospector was syndicated for a then record $36.4 million. His fee his first season was $175,000.

Both standing at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., Conquistador Cielo became a useful sire. Danzig, on the other hand, became one of the greatest sires of recent memory. Danzig, the sire of 188 stakes winners, was euthanized at age 29 Jan. 3, while the winner of the Jan. 7 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park has as his second dam Andora, who is by Conquistador Cielo out of one of de Kwiatkowski’s good race mares and producers, grade I winner Sabin (by Lyphard).

Doctor Decherd was bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, which was purchased at auction by de Kwiatkowski in 1992. Today, the farm is operated by members of de Kwiatkowski’s family.

Consigned by Calumet as a weanling to the 2003 Keeneland November sale, Doctor Decherd was purchased by Naveed Chowhan for $11,000. At the following year’s Keeneland September yearling sale, he was consigned as agent by Taylor Made Sales Agency and bought by Burr Travis for $70,000.

Six months later, Doctor Decherd was part of the Solitary Oak consignment to the 2005 Fasig-Tipton February auction at Calder. Trainer Steve Asmussen, agent, signed the ticket for $100,000. Asmussen trains the son of Louis Quatorze for Mike McCarty.

Doctor Decherd is the fourth foal produced from the winning Calumet homebred Hidden Pleasure, by Proper Reality.

Calumet sold Hidden Pleasure at the 2003 Keeneland November sale. In foal to Cat Thief, she was purchased by Bill Carl for $38,000. At the same sale a year later, she was sold in foal to Broken Vow by Greenfield Farm, agent. For $17,000, she was purchased by Four Horsemen’s Ranch. As agent, Four Horsemen’s sold her at the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s October auction. In foal to Toccet, she was bought for $27,000 by Melodee Hicks, agent.

The Aventura winner’s second dam, Andora, is also a homebred, bred in the name of de Kwiatkowski’s Kennelot Stables. Kennelot, by Gallant Man, produced two grade I winners by Danzig, Stephan’s Odyssey and Lotka.

Andora has been an excellent producer, with three stakes winners and two stakes-placed winners to her credit. Besides the winner Hidden Pleasure, she is the dam of Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) winner Luftikus, Busanda Stakes winner Diversa, and French stakes winner Sensitivity.

Andora’s last foal to live is a 3-year-old unraced Aptitude filly. She produced a foal by Aptitude in 2004 that died as a yearling.

Doctor Decherd is one of 22 stakes winners by 1996 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Louis Quatorze. The son of Sovereign Dancer stands at Allen and Audrey Murray’s Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. His 2006 fee is $6,000.—D.M.L.