Won at 5DONN H.
(gr. I , 9f , defeating A. P. Arrow, Kiss the Kid, Brass Hat, Fairbanks, Einstein (BRZ), Daaher, Dr Googles Boogles ).
Spring At Last simultaneously became a grade I winner and a millionaire when he held off A. P. Arrow by a half-length in the Feb. 2 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old son of Silver Deputy has won his last three starts, but they have been spread over the course of 10 months. Spring At Last became a group winner when he won the Etisalat Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) in March 2007, but then he was sidelined with an ankle issue. He made his return to the races a winning one when he took a December allowance/optional claiming race at Santa Anita.
J. Paul Reddam co-owns Spring At Last with Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm. The latter bred Spring At Last in Kentucky but sold him to Reddam for $675,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale.
“Paul is the majority owner of the horse now, with WinStar retaining 40%,” said WinStar vice president Elliott Walden. “He and Doug (Cauthen of WinStar) make the decisions now, although (Spring At Last) will be coming home to stud at WinStar.”
Spring At Last is one of three graded stakes winners out of the Dynaformer mare Winter’s Gone. The biggest win by his half-sister, Sharp Lisa, came in the 2005 Las Virgenes (gr. I), while another half-sister, Sharp Susan, took the 2007 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT). Both fillies are multiple graded stakes winners, and Winter’s Gone’s two other foals are also winners.
Sharp Lisa, who was campaigned by Reddam, Suarez Racing, and Mark Schlesinger for the majority of her career, was sold to BBA Ireland at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, for $3.4 million.
Winter’s Gone became a member of the WinStar broodmare band in 2000 when Troutt and Casner bought her in foal to Coronado’s Quest for $410,000 at the Keeneland January mixed sale from FitzGerald/Keogh.
“She is a really big, pretty mare,” said Cauthen, who is president of WinStar. “She is very attractive for a Dynaformer mare and has a lot of quality. She is a heck of a broodmare and has been a blessing to us.”
Sharp Susan is the last foal of racing age out of Winter’s Gone, who was barren to Deputy Commander for 2005 and aborted a foal by Speightstown in 2006. Now 12-years-old, Winter’s Gone has a yearling colt by Storm Cat and is in foal to that stallion. She is booked to Distorted Humor.
Silver Deputy is the sire of 73 stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winner Throng. The 23-year-old son of Deputy Minister will stand the 2008 season at Fred Seitz’ Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $30,000.—A.H.D.
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