Won at 3VALEDICTORY S.
( 14f , defeating Bureaucratic, True Metropolitan, Colorful Judgement, Last Answer, Pellegrino (BRZ), Kisseroo ).
Though Marsh Side didn’t establish any auction milestones like the world-record $16 million juvenile colt The Green Monkey, he does carry one common trait: being named after a golf course. The 3-year-old son of Gone West, who was named for a nine-hole course in Sea Island, Ga., gave Woodbine’s leading jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson the perfect ending to the 2006 season in taking the Dec. 10 Valedictory Stakes, which marked his first black-type victory.
Homebred Marsh Side is campaigned by veteran horseman Robert S. Evans, who owns Courtland Farm near Easton, Md., and has raced numerous other stakes winners, including graded victors Shared Interest (gr. I) and New Economy (gr. II). He is additionally the breeder of 1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Cash Run, plus grade I winner and prominent stallion Forestry...the sire of The Green Monkey.
Trained by Michael Dickinson, Marsh Side is the first stakes winner of 2006 for Evans, whose brother, Edward, has bred multiple grade I victors, including the late champion Saint Liam, last year’s Horse of the Year.
Bred in Kentucky, Marsh Side is out of the graded stakes-winning Pleasant Colony mare Colonial Play, who is a full sister to 1991 Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly Pleasant Stage and other graded winner Stage Colony.
Evans bought Colonial Play as a 2-year-old from his father, Thomas Mellon Evans, who was also a prominent breeder.
“(Marsh Side) was a very big, good-looking foal, but he got salmonella poisoning,” said Evans. “He was at the New Bolton Center for six weeks and nearly died. As a yearling, he was a little immature. You could see the effects of the illness, but we decided not to sell him because we really liked him. He had excellent conformation and a terrific heart scan, and we liked his breeding.”
Colonial Play’s first offspring, Intimidator, sold exceptionally well at auction. A full brother to Marsh Side, he was purchased for $2.1 million by Buzz Chase, agent, at the 2002 Keeneland July yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Colonial Play also has a 2-year-old unraced filly by Kingmambo named Queen’s Play, a yearling full sister to Marsh Side, and a weanling colt by Giant’s Causeway. She is expecting an Elusive Quality foal April 15.
Gone West is the sire of 85 stakes winners, including other 2006 added-money winners Union Avenue (gr. IIT), Conditional, Smart Growth, and Stalwartly. Gone West stands at Dr. John and Alice Chandler’s Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. His 2006 fee was $125,000 and he will stand for the same amount in 2007.—E.M.
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