Bashford Manor S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 6f ,)
Thunder Gulch Circle of Life , by Belong to Me
BDoreen Tabor, KY.; OMichael B. Tabor; TTodd A. Pletcher
Fusaichi Pegasus T. V. Countess , by T. V. Commercial
BRichard S. Kaster, KY.; OWillmott Stables, Inc.; TAnthony L. Reinstedler
Run Alex Run
Officer Electrostat , by Dynaformer
BPine Lake Bloodstock LLC, KY.; OPatricia B. Blass; TWilliam H. Fires
Circular Quay followed his 61/4-length maiden win at Churchill Downs with a come-from-behind victory in the July 8 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) as the 6-5 favorite at the Louisville track. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old son of Thunder Gulch upped his earnings to $131,434 in the process.
Michael Tabor, who races Circular Quay and whose wife, Doreen, is the breeder, bought Circular Quay’s dam, Circle of Life, for $700,000 at the 1999 Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training through Demi O’Byrne, agent. Robert N. Scanlon consigned as agent. The previous year, Scanlon had purchased Circle of Life for $105,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Circle of Life was bred in New York by John Franks.
Circle of Life, who was trained by Pletcher, won or placed in her first six races. She captured the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) and placed in the Ashland (gr. I), Matron (gr. I), and Schuylerville (gr. II) Stakes. After winning and placing once, she was retired the end of her 3-year-old season after four unplaced efforts.
Circle of Life’s first foal, Circle the World, who races for Tabor, began his racing career this year with two wins, then ran fourth in the June 30 Iowa Derby. Bred in Kentucky by Chelston Ireland, Circle the World is by Fusaichi Pegasus and is trained by Pletcher.
Circle of Life is the dam of one other foal, a yearling full brother to Circle the World.
Tabor, an associate of John Magnier and partners’ Irish-based Coolmore Stud, raced Thunder Gulch, who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and was champion 3-year-old male that year. Tabor’s stakes winners this year also include French classic winner Aussie Rules and graded winner Bandini. Campaigned in a partnership that includes Magnier’s wife, Sue, Aussie Rules won the classic mile Gainsborough Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) in May. The son of Danehill ran fourth in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) the same day as the Bashford Manor.
Bandini, who is trained by Pletcher, won the Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park a month after setting a mile track record at Gulfstream March 1. He ran fourth in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) May 29 in his last start.
Both Thunder Gulch and Fusaichi Pegasus stand at Coolmore’s North American satellite, Ashford Stud, near Versailles, Ky. Thunder Gulch has sired 54 stakes winners, including additional 2006 added-money winners Balance (gr. I), Seductively (Can-III), Imana (Aust-III), Pipers Thunder, and Pasikatera (in Australia). Thunder Gulch’s fee is $25,000.—D.S.