Knickerbocker H. (gr. III)
(gr. IIIT , 9f ,)
Woodman Lady Skywalker , by Skywalker
BAlberta Davies, KY.; OMarquis, Charles K., Behrendt, John T., Bloom, William and Cornell, Brian; TDavid G. Donk
Unbridled's Song Festal , by Storm Bird
BTaylor Made Farm Inc, KY.; OZayat Stables, LLC; TDale L. Romans
Operation Red Dawn
(DK B/ g,
Miswaki Afaladja (IRE) , by Darshaan (GB)
BDion A. Recachina, KY.; ODion A. Recachina; TChristophe Clement
Margins: 1, neck, 4¼. Others: Giant Wrecker 117($5,645) , Baron Von Tap 116($3,387) , National Captain (SAF) 115($565) , Palace Episode 116($565) , Rock Lobster 114($565) , Interpatation 115($563) . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.
Fishy Advice may have been swimming upstream for the first half of the $112,900 Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIIT), but the 5-year-old son of Woodman kicked clear in the Aqueduct stretch and powered home to win the 11¼8-mile turf event by a length Oct. 28.
Outrun early under Javier Castellano, Fishy Advice sat well behind the frontrunners in a nine horse field. He swung wide off the turn and closed rapidly up the outside, getting clear in the final strides to record a final time of 1:52.06.
Saddled by trainer David Donk, Fishy Advice earned his eighth career win for the partnership of Charles Marquis, John Behrendt, William Bloom, and Brian Cornell. His five stakes victories include a course-setting run at Monmouth Park this year, when he won the nine furlong Battlefield Stakes in 1:46.08 June 17. From 20 starts, 19 of them over the turf, he has amassed earnings of $505,850 and has three seconds and two thirds to his name.
Bred in Kentucky by Alberta Davies out of the stakes-winning Skywalker mare Lady Skywalker, Fishy Advice brought $50,000 from Luis de Hechavarria when consigned as a weanling to the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency. In 2003 he sold to Bloom for $100,000 when consigned by Summerfield, agent, at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Lady Skywalker was a versatile black-type winner who earned two stakes victories on the dirt and two over the turf, including the 1995 Estrapade Stakes at Arlington Park. In a career that spanned four years, she raced 36 times with an 8-5-7 record and earnings of $215,326.
Retired in 1996, Lady Skywalker was purchased by Davies at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale for $65,000 when consigned for Gotschall by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Davies bred the mare to Dynaformer to produce stakes-placed Great Bloom, who raced to a 9-8-7 record from 33 starts. She also produced winners Skymaster and Skies of Thunder to the cover of Rahy and Thunder Gulch in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and foaled Fishy Advice in 2002 before she was sold privately to Jay Scaramucci’s Oklahoma-based Willow Ridge Farms.
“We watched Lady Skywalker run and loved her,” said Willow Ridge manager John Bell. “She’s a hard-knocking, tough mare, and when we got the chance to buy her we did so gladly.”
Purchased by Scaramucci in foal to Swain, Lady Skywalker has produced four foals since 2003. Her 4-year-old Swain colt, Revengeoftheswain, 3-year-old filly by Commendable, and 2-year-old colt by Quiet American are unraced. She has an Aldebaran yearling colt and is in foal to Quiet American.
Woodman is represented by 110 stakes winners, including two other 2007 added-money winners. Prior to euthanization due to old age July 19 of this year, he stood at John Magnier and partners’ Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2007 fee was $20,000.—C.N.