|SAN PASQUAL H.|
Won at 7SAN PASQUAL H.
(gr. II , 8.5f , defeating Spurrier, Nownownow, Bold Chieftain, Goldsville, Cherokee Artist, Furthest Land ).
Neko Bay has been knocking on the door of a stakes victory since his black-type debut as a 3-year-old in 2006, when he finished a close second in the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Coming in second or third three other times in stakes company since then, the son of GiantÕs Causeway started the New Year right with a win in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Homebred Neko Bay now holds a record of 5-5-1 from 13 starts and earnings of $323,020 for A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss and his wife, Ann; and trainer John Shirreffs.
The Mosses and Shirreffs are best known for campaigning 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo and unbeaten Zenyatta, who captured the 2009 BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I) over males at Santa Anita.
Neko Bay was produced from the graded stakes-winning Rubiano mare Bulay, who is a half-sister to United States champion Lemon Drop Kid, grade III winner Statue of Liberty, and other stakes victor Sovereign Sage.
Brulay was bought for $150,000 by the Mosses at the 1996 Keeneland September yearling sale from LaneÕs End, agent. The mare carried the MossesÕ silks to victory four times in 11 starts, including the 1998 Railbird Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood.
Many of BrulayÕs foals have brought top dollar at auction, including Cat Brulay (by Storm Cat), who was bought for $750,000 by Fleetwood NW Management at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Mill Ridge Sales, agent.
The stellar price tags are a testament to BrulayÕs female bloodlines, with much of the success stemming from her grade III-winning second dam Lassie Dear (by Buckpasser). Among Lassie DearÕs offspring are European and English champion Wolfhound (by Nureyev); and grade III winner Weekend Surprise (by Secretariat), the dam of champion racehorse and two-time leading sire A.P. Indy (by Seattle Slew), and millionaire Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall (by Storm Bird).
Another of Weekend SurpriseÕs offspring, Weekend Storm (by Storm Bird), is the dam of four stakes winners, including dual grade I winner Court Vision (by Gulch).
Also worth mentioning is the fact Lassie Dear is the great-granddam of Duke of Marmalade (by Danehill), a European champion and dual champion in England and Ireland.
BrulayÕs last reported foal is a 3-year-old unraced full brother to Neko Bay named Fordham Road.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of 79 stakes winners. The 2009 leading North American sire will stand the 2010 season for $100,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. He stood for $125,000 in 2009.ÑE.M.
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