Withers S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 8f ,)
Chester House High in the Park , by Ascot Knight
BCatesby W. Clay, KY.; OJames J. Barry; TKiaran P. McLaughlin
C P West
(DK B/ h,
Came Home Queen's Legend , by Dynaformer
BCaldara Farm, KY.; ORobert V. LaPenta; TNicholas P. Zito
(DK B/ h,
Put It Back Secret From Above , by Great Above
BCarl Bowling, FL.; OCollazo, Henry, Stephens, William, Jones, Jr., Edward, H. and Beda, Ronnie; THenry Collazo
In his easiest victory yet, Divine Park became a graded stakes winner in just his third start when he defeated C P West by 31¼4 lengths in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct April 28. The 3-year-old Chester House colt broke his maiden over the same track Feb. 10, and then won an allowance race at Keeneland April 7 before taking on stakes company.
Kiaran McLaughlin trains Divine Park for James Barry. Charles Simon, who was acting as agent for Barry, purchased the colt for $20,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. The bay colt had been consigned by his breeder, Catesby W. Clay’s Runnymede Farm.
Divine Park was bred in Kentucky out of the winning Ascot Knight mare High in the Park. Clay purchased the mare in the name of Runnymede for $32,000 at the 2002 Keeneland January mixed sale. She had been consigned by Idle Hour Farm, agent, and was in foal to Mazel Trick.
High in the Park is out of the winning Czaravich mare Czar’s Princess and is a half-sister to stakes winner Summer Prince, by Summer Squall. Czar’s Princess, who is also the dam of stakes producers Moonland Princess and Hail a Princess, is out of the unraced Hoist the Flag mare Honor an Offer.
Honor an Offer is also the dam of multiple grade I winners Imperial Gesture (by Langfuhr) and Sardula as well as stakes winner Tempest Dancer, who is the dam of grade III winner Windrush and stakes winner Sarawat. Sardula and Tempest Dancer are full sisters by Storm Cat. Imperial Gesture was a 3-year-old champion in the United Arab Emirates.
Divine Park is the first stakes winner out of High in the Park, but all three of her other foals to race are winners. She also has a juvenile filly by Monarchos named Doris’ Diamond and a yearling filly by Five Star Day.
Clay sold High in the Park earlier this year for $3,500 at the Keeneland January mixed sale. EMFO Racing purchased the 13-year-old mare, who was in foal to Five Star Day at the time but later aborted the foal. Her yearling Five Star Day filly was sold at the same sale and went to Brad Dawkins for $5,000.
Chester House is the sire of 12 stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winner Devil House. The son of Mr. Prospector died in 2003 of cancer. He was 8.—A.H.D.