|FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN S.|
Won at 8FIFTH THIRD ELKHORN S.
(gr. IIT , 12f , defeating Brass Hat, Blushing Bear, Expansion, Demarcation, Transduction Gold, Bearpath, Pick Six, Sudden War (ARG), Ascertain (IRE), Timeless Fashion, Tiger's Rock ).
Musketier ended an eight-race losing streak in the United States when he won the April 23 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) closing day at Keeneland. The victory was the German-bred horseÕs first U.S. triumph and his initial added-money score since the Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine last June.
The Elkhorn was the first start for Musketier since the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in October. The exhausting effort in which he finished last of six over a soft turf course took its toll, and trainer Roger Attfield gave the horse ample time off to recover and be at his best.
Off slowly in the 11Ú2-mile Elkhorn, Musketier grabbed the lead in the stretch and won by 13Ú4 lengths over fast-closing 9-year-old Brass Hat.
At Keeneland the day before the Elkhorn, Attfield saddled Lady Shakespeare to win the Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT). It was the second time in his career that the Canadian Hall of Fame conditioner sent out the winners of both races in the same year. In 2006, Attfield won the Elkhorn with Brazilian-bred Pellegrino and the Bewitch with German-bred Noble Stella.
Attfield also saddled Spice Route, bred in Great Britain, to win last yearÕs Elkhorn.
Musketier is the second U.S. stakes winner for Johanna Louise Glen-Teven. Her other added-money winner, Proudinsky, won the 2009 Mervin Muniz Jr. Memorial (gr. IIT) and San Gabriel (gr. IIT) Handicaps.
Before racing for Glen-Teven, Musketier raced for major international owner Gary Tanaka. Musketier finished third in the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct in November 2007 in his last race for Tanaka.
Deceased Acatenango, sire of Musketier, is represented by 79 stakes winners. Acatenango, who stood at Gestut Fahrhof in Germany, died in 2005.ÑD.S.
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