Inglewood H. (gr. III)
(gr. IIIT , 8.5f ,)
Mizzen Mast Passion Flower , by Deputy Minister
BMr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; OMoss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.; TJohn A. Shirreffs
Storm Military (ARG)
(DK B/ h,
Bernstein Shy Mandona (ARG) , by Shy Tom
BLa Biznaga, ARG.; OCastleton Lyons and La Biznaga; TRobert J. Frankel
U S Ranger
Danzig My Annette , by Red Ransom
BJoseph Allen, KY.; OTabor, Michael, Smith, Derrick, Magnier, Mrs. John and Allen, Joseph; TNeil D. Drysdale
Jerry and Ann MossÕ homebred Madeo, who regular jockey Mike Smith said had experienced ÒgreenÓ moments earlier in his career, seems to have finally blossomed into a mature competitor.
After finishing third by a length in the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, the 4-year-old son of Mizzen Mast stepped it up three weeks later in the April 25 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park to record his second graded stakes victory.
ÒHeÕs named after MadeoÕs Restaurant in Beverly Hills,Ó said trainer John Shirreffs. ÒDottie (Ingordo-Shirreffs, the MossesÕ racing manager and wife of John) and I and the Mosses and Mike Smith a lot of times will go there and have dinner to celebrate a win. ItÕs a very nice Italian restaurant.Ó
Last year Madeo won the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and also finished second in the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
ÒMadeo always had a very strong, closing kick,Ó said Shirreffs. ÒHe just has a great turn of foot. Even with the slow fractions (in the Inglewood), he was still able to catch the leader, so it was an amazing race.Ó
Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records, is best known for campaigning 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo and last yearÕs undefeated champion older mare Zenyatta with his wife, Ann. In addition to Madeo, the Mosses also race homebred Alpha Kitten, winner of the Jan. 17 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
The Mosses own about 20 broodmares, mostly in Kentucky at Mill Ridge Farm, Brookdale Farm, and Crestwood Farm.
MadeoÕs dam Passion Flower (by Deputy Minister), who was purchased privately as a yearling by Ingordo-Shirreffs, was also a stakes winner for the Mosses.
Passion Flower is a daughter of the stakes-winning Blushing Groom mare LÕAmour Toujours, and her granddam, Paint the Town (Vaguely Noble), was a group II victor.
In spite of Passion FlowerÕs own impressive race record and the accomplishments of her female family members, she has struggled to produce and has aborted a foal or been barren seven of the last 10 years.
Madeo is Passion FlowerÕs only winner, and her last reported foal is an unraced 3-year-old filly by Empire Maker named Patrizi.
Kept at Dr. John and Alice ChandlerÕs Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Madeo was scheduled to be bred to Giacomo the week of April 27.
Mizzen Mast is the sire of 13 stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money winners Midships (gr. IIT), Jibboom (gr. IIIT), Barrier Reef, On My Dime, and Putney Bridge. Mizzen Mast stands for $17,500 at Khalid AbdullahÕs Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.ÑE.M.