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Won at 5MR. PROSPECTOR H.
(gr. III , 6f , defeating Mach Ride, Finallymadeit, Roi Maudit, Guapeton, Brother Bud, Grand Champion, Keyed Entry ).
Noonmark started his 5-year-old season on a high note as he defeated Mach Ride by two lengths Jan. 5 in the Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park to garner his first stakes victory.
George Bolton, Joan Corrigan, and Antony Beck own the son of Unbridled’s Song. Although the Mr. Prospector was his first added-money win, Noonmark has been close several times. The Steve Asmussen trainee was second by a neck to Sharp Humor in the 2006 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and later that year finished third behind Songster in the Woody Stephens Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II).
As a yearling, Noonmark sold to Mike Ryan, agent, for $275,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale from Dan Mallory, agent. The following year, he was consigned to the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, but failed to meet his reserve when bidding stopped at $1.15 million. It was then that Bolton and partners purchased him privately.
“We paid a big price for him privately when he didn’t go through the Keeneland 2-year-olds sale,” Bolton said. “Steve’s done a great job bringing him back, and he makes most of the decisions as to where to run them.”
Last year, Bolton achieved success at the highest level as part owner in Curlin, who is likely to be named Horse of the Year after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). He has since sold his interest in the Smart Strike colt to fellow partner Jess Jackson.
Jackson is also invested in Noonmark’s family, as he purchased his dam, the unraced Storm Cat mare In the Storm, for $750,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale from Gainesway, agent. She was offered in foal to Unbridled’s Song.
Noonmark was bred in Kentucky by John D. Murphy Sr., who co-bred In the Storm with Rodes and Cathie Kelly. Out of the winning Screen King mare Ingoldsby, In the Storm is a half-sister to multiple grade I winner Formal Gold (by Black Tie Affair) and stakes winner Maple Lake (by Varick).
Noonmark is the first foal out of In the Storm, and her only foal to race to date. Her juvenile Malibu Moon colt was purchased by B. Wayne Hughes for $300,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale from Gainesway, agent, and she is also the dam of a yearling full brother to Noonmark. The 10-year-old chestnut mare was not bred for 2008.
Unbridled’s Song is the sire of 61 stakes winners including 13 individual added-money winners in 2007. The 15-year-old son of Unbridled will stand the 2008 season at the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., for a fee of $150,000.—A.H.D.
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