Won at 4SHAKERTOWN S.
(gr. IIIT , 5.5f , defeating Smart Enough, Fort Prado, Midwatch, Atticus Kristy, Knights Cross, Probation Ready, Zetetic, Emirates to Dubai, The Nth Degree, Sgt. Bert ).
Mr. Nightlinger displayed a newfound affinity for the turf when he notched his first career stakes victory on that surface and sprung an upset in the process in the April 13 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland.
The 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie has campaigned at tracks across the country since the beginning of last year, his previous best efforts being thirds in the 2007 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park and the Derby Trail Stakes and Pomona Derby at Fairplex Park.
Mr. Nightlinger gave trainer Bret Calhoun his first stakes victory at Keeneland.
A $45,000 weanling, the colt was bought for the same amount by Bill MartinÕs Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Dromoland Farm, agent. Both owners are Texas-based Thoroughbred industry veterans.
Raced in all his starts by Martin and Moore, Mr. Nightlinger was offered at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Texas April 2-year-old sale by Twin Oaks Training Center, agent, but his reserve was not met when the bidding stopped at $45,000.
Martin, a real estate developer, is best known for his grade I victor RiverÕs Prayer. His racing stable campaigned the daughter of Devon Lane in partnership with Bantry Farms and Paula Capestro.
RiverÕs Prayer was retired from racing after being injured in a workout last year. She was bought for $1.5 million by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale from Taylor Made Sales agency, agent.
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones, Mr. Nightlinger is out of the Time for a Change mare Timely Quarrel, who is also the dam of Prosico (by Siphon) and Lovers Spat (by Yankee Gentleman), who were both stakes-placed this year. Lovers Spat races as a homebred for Jones.
Mr. Nightlinger perhaps garnered some of his turf talents from Timely QuarrelÕs half-sister Suivi (by Diesis), who won the 1992 Del Mar Invitational Oaks (gr. IIT) and was also grade I-placed on the grass.
ÒI liked what I got so well (in Mr. Nightlinger) that I bred (Timely Quarrel) back to Indian Charlie this year,Ó said Jones, who bought the mare for $90,000 at the 1999 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by her breeder, Bwamazon Farm, she was in foal to Siphon. Jones made the purchase because he had always been impressed by the quality of the late Millard WaldheimÕs Bwamazon mares.
Barren to the cover of Include in 2007, Timely Quarrel produced a Yankee Gentleman colt Feb. 25.
Indian Charlie is the sire of 34 stakes winners, including other 2008 added-money winners Indian Blessing (gr. II), R CharlieÕs Angel, and Why Tonto. Indian Charlie stands for $50,000 at JonesÕ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.-E.M.
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