Won at 5WHITNEY H.
(gr. I , 9f , defeating Macho Again, Commentator, Tizway, Dry Martini, Smooth Air ).
While most of the conversation topics prior to the Aug. 8 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) were centered on Commentator, who was already a two-time winner of the event, Bullsbay, a bay son of Tiznow, was virtually overlooked.
But in the end, it was the latter horse that rallied from fourth to snatch the title from the great Commentator, who was attempting to join Discovery and Kelso as three-time winners of the race.
The victory was especially sweet for BullsbayÕs trainer Graham Motion, a 45-year-old Englishman now living in Fair Hill, Md. Known for conditioning such turf stars such as Better Talk Now and Film Maker, Motion scored his first grade I on the dirt in the Whitney with Bullsbay, who is owned by Steven Mitchell of Arizona.
Bullsbay, whose best prior win came in the May 1 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, ran the 11Ú8-mile race in 1:48.12.
He improved his lifetime record to seven wins in 18 starts with $810,943 in earnings. In his prior start, Bullsbay had finished 10th over the artificial surface in the July 11 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), but he trained smartly at the Fair Hill Training Center before shipping north to Saratoga.
Bullsbay is just the third stakes winner for Mitchell, who also campaigned Leave Me Alone, winner of the 2005 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Bred in Kentucky by Brad Anderson, Bullsbay was purchased for $130,000 by J. Eric Kruljac, agent, at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Paramount Sales, agent.
The 5-year-old horse was produced from the winning, stakes-placed Lord Carson mare The Hess Express, who ran second in the 2000 Bassinet Stakes at River Downs for Anderson.
Represented as an owner by multiple stakes winner and Ohio champion Devil Time, Anderson bought The Hess Express for $17,000 at the 2000 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs March 2-year-old sale from Gold Crest Farm, agent.
The Hess Express produced a filly by Lawyer Ron Feb. 9 who was bred in Kentucky by Richard Reed, Emerald Q Partners, and Tiffany Zammit.
Tiznow is the sire of 21 stakes winners. Among his seven stakes winners of 2009 is other grade I victor Well Armed. Tiznow stood the 2009 season for $75,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑE.M.
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