Forego S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 7f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Real Quiet Candytuft , by Dehere
BMarjac Farms, KY.; OWatson and Weitman Performances, LLC and Pegram, Michael E.; TBob Baffert
Benny the Bull
(DK B/ h,
Lucky Lionel Comet Cat , by Birdonthewire
BTomoka Hills Farms, FL.; OIEAH Stables, James, Greg and Cohen, Andrew I.; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Forest Wildcat Sweet Symmetry , by Magesterial
BLajos Kengye, KY.; OSchwartz, Barry K., Wachtel Stable, Double S Stable and Brouse Stable; TRichard E. Schosberg
Margins: 2¼, 9¼, ½. Others: How's Your Halo 117($12,500) , Awesome Twist 117($7,500) , Simon Pure 117($1,000) , Executive Search 117($1,000) , High Finance 121($1,000) , Praying for Cash 117($1,000) , Like Now 117($1,000) . Winning Jockey, Shaun Bridgmohan.
Mike Pegram, co-owner of Forego Stakes (gr. I) winner Midnight Lute, had another good reason to cheer after the race. The winner is by Real Quiet, who carried Pegram’s colors to victory in the 1998 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Real Quiet was voted champion 3-year-old male that year.
Midnight Lute, whose victory in the Sept. 1 Forego at Saratoga was his first grade I win, was bred in Kentucky by Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines, and Marjac Farms. Evans owns Trackside Farm near Versailles, Ky., with Pam Clark.
Midnight Lute has raced his entire career for Pegram in partnership with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. He was consigned to the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale by Trackside Farm as agent and was bought for $70,000 by Caldera Racing. The following year at the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training, Midnight Lute failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $290,000. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
The Forego was Midnight Lute’s first race since he ran fourth in the Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland in the spring. Last fall at Keeneland, Midnight Lute won the Perryville Stakes (gr. III) in track-record time.
Trackside as agent bought Midnight Lute’s dam, Candytuft, for $55,000 at the 1999 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent, Candytuft was in foal to Alydeed. The resultant foal, a filly, was the mare’s first offspring.
Trackside in partnership is the breeder of other graded stakes winners Badge of Silver, Henny Hughes, Strong Hope, and Vegas Prospector. Henny Hughes, a grade I winner last year at Saratoga and Belmont Park, was an Eclipse Award finalist for top sprinter.
Pegram, who has raced a number of graded stakes winners, also is represented this year by homebred grade I winner Pussycat Doll (by Real Quiet) and by Wanna Runner, winner of the Sept. 3 Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar.
Midnight Lute is the first stakes winner from Candytuft, whose yearling colt by Sir Cherokee is consigned to the Keeneland September sale. Candytuft’s 2007 offspring is a Maria’s Mon colt.
Real Quiet has sired 13 stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Silent Pleasure (gr. III) and Shuffling Maddnes. Real Quiet stands at Dr. William Solomon’s Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa. His 2007 fee was $5,000.—D.S.s