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2nd at 4MAN O' WAR S.
(gr. IT , 11f , to Red Rocks (IRE), defeating Better Talk Now, Sudan (IRE), True Cause, Grand Couturier (GB), Mission Approved ).
Although all the attention was on Curlin, Red Rocks dominated the Man oÕ War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park July 12 as he pulled away from the reigning Horse of the Year to win by two lengths.
The 5-year-old son of Galileo has only raced in the United States three times in 19 career starts, but he has always represented himself well. In his first race stateside, Red Rocks won the 2006 John Deere BreedersÕ Cup Turf (gr. IT), and he ran third in last yearÕs edition of the race.
ÒHeÕs a 5-year-old horse now, and heÕs proved himself with group/grade I horses all his life,Ó said trainer Brian Meehan. ÒHe hasnÕt been given the kudos he deserves since (he won) the BreedersÕ Cup.Ó
Meehan trains Irish-bred Red Rocks for J. Paul Reddam, who had quite the day. In addition to Red RocksÕ victory, his filly Mistical Plan won the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder.
Although Meehan has always been his trainer, Red Rocks made his first three starts for owner E.H. Jones before being acquired by Reddam. As a yearling, he sold to McKeever St. Lawrence for $160,147 at the 2004 Goffs Turf Club October yearling sale from his breeder, Ballylinch Stud.
Red Rocks was bred out of the stakes-winning Machiavellian mare Pharmacist, who is also the dam of Austrian group II winner Blue Coral and stakes winner Medicinal. The 12-year-old mare has a juvenile full sister to Medicinal named Pill, who sold for $831,792 as a yearling to France Pur Sang. She is in training with Alain de Royer-Dupre.
PharmacistÕs youngest offspring is a yearling filly by Rock of Gibraltar, who will be sold in August during the Arqana sale at Deauville. Kept at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, Pharmacist was barren to Galileo for 2008, but is in foal to that stallion on a Feb. 15 cover.
English champion Galileo is the sire of 35 stakes winners. Among his 19 added-money winners this year are grade/group I winners Lush Lashes (Eng-I), New Approach (Eng-I), Soldier of Fortune (Eng-I), and Cima de Triomphe (Ity-I). The 10-year-old son of SadlerÕs Wells stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for a private fee.ÑA.H.D.
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