|RED SMITH H.|
3rd at 5RED SMITH H.
(gr. IIT , 11f , to Dave, True Cause, defeating Crown Point, Presious Passion, Sunshine Kid, Dreadnaught, Tricky Causeway, Operation Red Dawn, Encinas (GER), Golden Strategy, Bee Charmer (IRE) ).
In his fifth year of racing, the Barclay Tagg-trained Dave has continued to post significant victories. In fact, the 6-year-old son of Ends Well registered the biggest win of his career when he overcame 11 rivals in the Nov. 10 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct and prevailed by a length.
Dave is owned by the partnership of The Three Colleens Stable and Partingglass Stable. While The Three Colleens Stable is managed by David Stack of Oak Ridge, N.J., Partingglass is based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The two groups are headed by industry veteran Thomas Gallo, who also serves as a bloodstock agent.
Dave was bred in New York by the late Joe Gerrity, who campaigned him at 2, 3, and 4 until Gallo privately purchased the gelding at the end of his 2005 season.
Gallo had watched Dave capture the West Point Handicap that year at Saratoga and was impressed by the gelding’s speed and consistency. “When he came up for sale, I just bought him sight unseen,” said Gallo. “I didn’t vet him or anything. It’s good to have young horses, but it’s also good if you can get an older horse that’s got form.”
When considering Dave’s pedigree, Gallo said, “I loved Ends Well. He was a distance turf horse—I liked him when he was young.”
Gallo added that Ends Well had been one of the first grade I-winning stallions to stand in New York. “I loved the Lyphard line for turf, and I was just a huge fan of (Dave) himself. He’s a very honest, sound, game horse. (The Red Smith) was a good field, and he proved very much the best.”
From his seasoned career, Dave now has a record of 7-10-3 from 35 starts and earnings of $538,792. The gelding has prevailed in three other restricted stakes contests the last three years, including the Sept. 16 Ashley T. Cole Handicap.
Dave is out of the winning, stakes-placed Commadore C. mare Commadore’s Gold, who was last purchased for $2,700 by Jan Ledford at the 2003 J.T. Minton Auctions New York October mixed sale. Consigned by Arrowhead Estates, agent, she was in foal to Freud.
Commadore’s Gold has produced three winners from four foals to race, including $120,000-plus earner Cabin Boy (by Horatius). Commadore’s Gold’s Freud foal, a now 3-year-old filly named Cactus Cat, is her last reported offspring.
Ends Well, the sire of 15 stakes winners, stood at Contemporary Stallions near Coxsackie, N.Y., until he was euthanized in 2000 due to a fractured leg.—E.M.
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