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(gr. I , 9.5f , to Student Council, defeating Sir Whimsey, Temporary Saint, Grasshopper, Ryan's for Real, Xchanger ).
Student Council has another grade I win to go along with his triumph in the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) last August at Del Mar. The 6-year-old son of Kingmambo won the May 16 Maryland Lottery Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) at Pimlico. Student Council was last down the backstretch in the 13/16-mile race, but caught frontrunner Gottcha Gold in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:54.87 over a muddy track.
Owner Ro Parra, who races Student Council in the name of his Millennium Farms, privately bought the horse nine days before the Pacific Classic. The good times continued for the owner after Student Council won the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) in his next start. But according to Parra, they ended with an unplaced effort in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) last November.
“We took him to Japan and in hindsight, I wish we hadn’t,” Parra said. “When he came back he was tired.”
Student Council ran three times this year prior to the Pimlico Special without hitting the board. “Steve (trainer Asmussen) had him ready for this race,” Parra said about the Special. “I spoke to him just an hour before the race, and he told me to smile in the winner’s circle.”
Parra is a former vice president of Dell computers who owns Millennium Farms near Lexington.
Student Council previously raced for his breeder, William S. Farish, who sold the Mr. Prospector grandson to Parra.
Parra campaigned his first stakes winner in 2000 and numerous ones since then, including other graded winners Even the Score, Rolling Sea, Santana Strings, and Super Frolic. He also is the breeder of 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko.
Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., is represented as breeder and/or owner this year by nine stakes winners alone and in partnership. They include graded winners Cool Coal Man, Grasshopper, Wait a While, and Sovereign Duty (a grade I steeplechaser by Kingmambo). Grasshopper, who won the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds in February, ran fifth in the Pimlico Special.
Student Council is one of two stakes winners out of multiple graded stakes winner Class Kris. She also is the dam of graded winner Gradepoint. Class Kris did not have a foal this year and is in foal to Kingmambo.
Kingmambo, who stands at Lane’s End, has sired 76 stakes winners. His six stakes winners of 2008 also include Henrythenavigator, winner of the classic Stanjamesuk.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 3, and Archipenko (HK-I). Kingmambo stands for $250,000.—D.S.
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