Hollywood Prevue S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 7f ,)
Mr. Greeley Peaks Mill , by Stalwart
BSpendthrift Farm, KY.; OTabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, Smith, Derrick and Zayat, Ahmed; TPatrick L. Biancone
Grand Slam Heavenly Cat , by Tabasco Cat
BTwin Hopes Farm, Inc., KY.; OGlen Hill Farm; TPatrick Gallagher
In Excess (IRE) Truly Blessed , by French Deputy
BVessels Stallion Farm LLC, CA.; OJ. Paul Reddam; TDoug F. O'Neill
Though he is still a long way from earning back his $2 million 2-year-old price tag, Belgravia is showing promise by quickly moving up in status. The Kentucky-bred son of Mr. Greeley, who just broke his maiden on Keeneland’s Polytrack in October, was right at home over Hollywood Park’s new synthetic surface—Cushion Track—posting a nose triumph in his black-type debut, the Nov. 18 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III).
Establishing himself as a serious contender for the Dec. 16 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) with his most recent win, Belgravia is trained by Patrick Biancone, who scored in the Prevue (sponsored by Jack Daniel’s) and Futurity three years ago with eventual Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Lion Heart.
Belgravia has gone through the auction ring a lot considering he’s still a juvenile. He brought $190,000 and $180,000, respectively, as a weanling and yearling before fetching his $2 million bid this year from Irish agent Demi O’Byrne at the Fasig Tipton Florida February 2-year-old sale. Consigned to the sale by Nick de Meric, agent, Belgravia now races for a partnership which includes the Coolmore duo of John Magnier and Michael Tabor, plus Ahmed Zayat, a beverage distributor in Egypt.
Bred by Margaret Patterson and B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Belgravia is out of the stakes-winning Stalwart mare Peaks Mill. Retiring from racing with a score in the 1999 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park, along with two runner-up efforts and earnings of $135,716, Peaks Mill has produced one other winning half-sibling to Belgravia.
In addition to her notable careers as a racemare and broodmare, Peaks Mill hails from a family steeped in blacktype. She is a half-sister to grade I winner Qualique (by Hawaii), who is the dam of Cue the Groom (by Blushing Groom), dam of Italian champion Vale Mantovani.
Qualique is also the dam of Maggy Hawk (by Hawkster), whose mating with Northern Afleet produced U.S. champion 3-year-old male Afleet Alex, winner of last year’s Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) Stakes.
Peaks Mill has a yearling filly by Touch Gold who was bred by William Patterson and Janice and Robert McNair’s Stonerside Stable near Paris, Ky. She was barren in 2006.
Mr. Greeley is the sire of 34 stakes winners, including other 2006 graded winners Abraham Champion (Mex-I), Finsceal Beo (Fr-I), Horse Greeley (gr. II), Miraculous Miss (gr. II), Sangrita (gr. II), and Sir Greeley (gr. III). Mr. Greeley stands at Gainesway near Lexington. His 2006 fee was $35,000 and he will stand next year for $75,000.—E.M.