|HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP S.|
Won at 4HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP S.
(gr. I , 10f , defeating Go Between, Student Council, McCann's Mojave, Big Booster, Tiago, Racketeer, Perfect Drift, Spice Route (GB) ).
Mast Track picked a good time to win his first stakes. The 4-year-old son of Mizzen Mast captured the June 28 Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) in front-running fashion by 21Ú4 lengths over Go Between. His task of winning the 11Ú4-mile race was made easier when 7-5 morning line favorite Heatseeker was scratched because of a swollen ankle.
Mast Track races as a homebred for Robert Frankel, and is the Hall of Fame trainerÕs first Hollywood Gold Cup winner as an owner and/or breeder and his third as a conditioner. Frankel sent out Marquetry to win the 1991 Gold Cup. In 2001, Frankel secured his second Gold Cup triumph when Aptitude finished second, but was moved up when Futural was disqualified for interfering with AptitudeÕs stablemate, Skimming, in the stretch.
Frankel trained both Mizzen Mast and Mast TrackÕs dam, Nawal, both of whom initially raced in France. Although Mizzen MastÕs sole grade I win came in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, the son of Cozzene was able to capture the nine-furlong Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita and finish a close second in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at 11Ú4 miles. Mizzen Mast raced as a homebred for Khalid AbdullahÕs Juddmonte Farms.
Mast TrackÕs broodmare sire, Irish-bred Homme de Loi, scored his big win in the Grand Prix de Paris when it was sponsored by Louis Vuitton. He also was a stakes winner at 101Ú2 furlongs in France.
Frankel trained Nawal for California owner Edmund Gann. She was group-placed in France, but did not win in the United States. Nawal passed into FrankelÕs hands after her racing career. Her first-named foal, Sagitta Ra, ran third in the Honeymoon BreedersÕ Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for Frankel.
NawalÕs youngest foal is a Kentucky-bred Aldebaran filly born March 17. Frankel trained champion Aldebaran for Flaxman Holdings.
Nawal is boarded at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. The farm is owned by Alice Chandler and her husband, Dr. John Chandler. Nawal is in foal to Mizzen Mast off a May cover.
Mizzen Mast has sired nine stakes winners, including additional 2008 added-money winners Barrier Reef, Armonk, and Stern Opinion (in France). Mizzen Nast stands for $20,000 at Juddmonte near Lexington.ÑD.S.
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