2nd at 3SECRETARIAT S.
(gr. IT , 10f , to Shamdinan (FR), defeating Going Ballistic, Admiralofthefleet, Love Dubai, Mostacolli Mort, Lattice, Pleasant Strike, Fleeting Shadow (IRE) ).
Shamdinan, who was classic-placed in his native France, captured the Aug. 11 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park in his U.S. debut. The Secretariat was Shamdinan’s first start for new owner Triple B Farms, owned by Christopher, H. Paul, and Paul H. Boghossian.
“The jockey who rode him in France (Christophe Soumillon) told me don’t let him drop the bit,” said Julien Leparoux, who picked up his first Secretariat victory after winning the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at last year’s International Festival of Racing. “He was very relaxed for me today and took the bit and I thought he won pretty easy.”
Triple B campaigned earlier European imports Tedo and Whilly within the last several years. Whilly, an Irish-bred, captured the American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) and Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood Park, plus the San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita.
Tedo, bred in Germany, won the Sir Beaufort and the Wildcat Handicap at Turf Paradise.
Shamdinan, who ran third in the Prix du Jockey Club Mitsubishi Motors (Fr-I) in June, is the latest of the many top runners bred and raced by the Aga Khan. One of the best of the Aga Khan’s former stars, Shergar, is a half-brother to Shamdinan’s third dam, Shamarzana.
Shergar, a son of Great Nephew, was an English and Irish 3-year-old champion who captured the 1981 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and Irish Sweeps Derby (Ire-I). Against older horses that year, he won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I). So dominant was Shergar that year that his weight assignment of 140 pounds on the English Free Handicap for 3-year-olds at 101¼2 furlongs and up was 10 pounds above his closest rival.
Shergar was retired that fall and entered stud for the Aga Khan the following year. Unfortunately, he was kidnapped after his first season and was never returned.
Shamdinan is the first foal from the winning, group II-placed Dr Devious mare Shamdara. The mare also is the dam of a 2-year-old colt by Highest Honor and a yearling colt by Lando.
Dr Fong, a group I-winning son of Kris S., has sired 18 stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Dubai’s Touch and Maze (both in England) and Dr Nipandtuck (in Australia). Dr Fong stands at Highclere Stud in England.—D.S.
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