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3rd at 5DUNCAN F. KENNER S.
( 6f , to Euroears, Semaphore Man, defeating King of the Roxy, Les Grands Trois ).
James and Marilyn Helzer’s 4-year-old Euroears remained unbeaten, carrying a perfect six-for-six record following his victory March 8 in the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman for trainer Bret Calhoun, the Langfuhr colt drew off to a solid 31/4-length score over four other runners to claim his third black-type win in as many months. He won the Feb. 9 Colonel Power Stakes and the Jan. 12 F.W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes, both at the New Orleans oval.
Bred in Kentucky by Gary and Bonnie Peterson, Euroears is out of the grade III-winning Heff mare Unky and Ally. Gary Peterson purchased the 13-year-old mare, in foal to Fly So Free, for $25,000 from Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in 2001, and she was sold to Bill Willey of Paris, Ky., in a private transaction two years ago.
Campaigned under the silks of Dennis Drazin, Unky and Ally won the Sorority Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park as a 2-year-old in 1997 after breaking her maiden over the New Jersey surface for trainer Peter Fortay. She then turned in a fourth-place finish in Meadowlands’ Jersey Jumper Stakes, but finished off the board in two allowance events the following year following a transfer to Tri County Farm and the barn of David Carroll.
The mare’s first foal, the Pine Bluff filly Selcan, was born in 2000 and went on to become a group III winner in Turkey. Euroears, her fifth foal, is her only other winner from four to race. She is also the dam of a 2-year-old filly by Pure Prize and a yearling filly by Hold That Tiger. Those two fillies are both owned by Willey.
“When we bought this farm the mare was here,” Willey said. “It was a separate transaction. We liked her conformation and her presence, and we felt she had some substance to her, so we just decided to take a shot and buy her.”
The mare is in foal to Even the Score and is under contract to be bred back to Langfuhr next season.
“Depending on who she’s bred to, there are certainly speed results,” he said. “I never personally met the trainer (of Euroears), but he seems to be doing a marvelous job and it certainly would be interesting to talk to him about these other progeny and see what the interest might be there. The foals we’ve been hearing about from Even the Score have been very good in size, larger and powerful, so we’re interested to see what we get from the mating with him as well.”
Langfuhr is the sire of 52 stakes winners, including 2007 grade I winners Lawyer Ron, Jambalaya, and Lang Field. He stands the 2008 season at Vinery Farm near Lexington, for a fee of $25,000.—C.N.
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