|JIM MCKAY S.|
Won at 4JIM MCKAY S.
( 6f , defeating Euro Code, Celtic Innis, Wild Jam, Ironton, Pavo, Coppertone Kid ).
Talent Search went nearly wire-to-wire and easily defeated Euro Code by six lengths in the Jim McKay Sprint Stakes at Pimlico April 21. In doing so, the 4-year-old son of Catienus garnered his first stakes victory.
Mark Shuman trains the homebred gelding, who has hit the board in seven of nine starts, for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He began his career with a three-race winning streak, which ended when he finished second in the Sophomore Sprint Championship Stakes last year.
The Ramseys claimed Talent Search’s sire, Catienus, for $50,000 from Sheikh Mohammed in 1999, and the son of Storm Cat went on to be a stakes winner and grade I-placed. They purchased Talent Search’s dam, the stakes-placed Dixieland Band mare Mrs. K., for $18,000 at the 1995 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky January mixed sale from Lane’s End, agent. The next year the mare delivered a Ghazi colt named Port Bayou, who went on to be a champion in Ireland for the Ramseys.
Mrs. K. is out of the winning His Majesty mare Flavia Miss, who also produced the stakes winner Platinum Poster and stakes producers Really a Lady and Misty Writer. In turn, Flavia Miss is out of the stakes-winning Roman mare Flavia, who also is the dam of grade II winner Infuriator as well as Flaxen, the dam of grade II winner Kingpost, who also finished second in the 1988 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
In addition to Talent Search and Port Bayou, Mrs. K. is also the dam of stakes winner Lethal Agenda and stakes-placed runners Spelling and Last Waltz. The 20-year-old mare is kept at the Ramsey’ farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
“She is easy,” farm manager Mark Partridge said. “For an old mare, she is fantastic, and she can still spit out the stakes winners, which is amazing. I like for them to get in foal the first time and produce stakes winners every year, and that’s what she does.”
Mrs. K. has a 3-year-old full sister to Talent Search named Aunt Nell and a juvenile filly by Devil His Due named Spine Tingling. She delivered a colt by the Ramseys’ champion turf horse Kitten’s Joy Jan. 28 and is back in foal to him on a March 7 cover.
Catienus is the sire of 11 stakes winners. He was the leading sire in New York in 2006 and stands at Dr. Lynwood and Suzie O’Cain’s Highcliff Farm near Delanson for a fee of $7,500.—A.H.D.
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