|AEGON TURF SPRINT S.|
Won at 4AEGON TURF SPRINT S.
(gr. IIIT , 5f , defeating Salute the Count, Atticus Kristy, Indian Ashton, The Nth Degree, Sgt. Bert, Demarcation, Funky Pirate ).
Mr. Nightlinger may be making a permanent switch to the turf after going wire-to-wire May 2 in the Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. It was the 4-year-old coltÕs second consecutive graded stakes win on the turf this year.
ÒLast year we ran him on the turf (at Fair Grounds) and he really liked it,Ó said Dennis Geier, assistant to winning trainer Bret Calhoun. ÒAt Fair Grounds we never ran him back on the turf, but when we got up here, there were no dirt races at Keeneland so we decided to try him in (the Shakertown Stakes, gr, IIIT). It really seems like this might be his calling.Ó
The Shakertown was Mr. NightlingerÕs first win on the turf and his initial stakes win. The colt also placed in three stakes races on the dirt last year including the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) and Derby Trial Stakes.
Mr. Nightlinger is owned by Carl Moore Management and Martin Racing Stable. He was purchased by the partnership at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Dromoland Farm, agent, for $45,000.
Brereton Jones bred Mr. Nightlinger in Kentucky. Jones is the owner of Airdrie Stud, a 2,300-acre breeding farm near Midway, Ky. He is also the breeder and owner of Proud Spell, who took the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) not long after Mr. Nightlinger took the Aegon Turf.
Mr. Nightlinger is out of Timely Quarrel (by Time for a Change). Jones bought Timely Quarrel at the 1999 Keeneland November mixed sale from her breeder, Bwamazon Farm, for $90,000. She was in foal to Siphon at the time.
Timely Quarrel is out of Quarrel Over, a graded stakes-placed One for All mare. Quarrel Over is also the dam of Suivi, a grade II-winning Diesis filly, and Have It Out, a stakes-placed Roberto filly. Both Suivi and Have It Out went on to produce stakes winners and stakes-placed offspring.
Mr. Nightlinger is Timely QuarrelÕs first stakes winner. However, the mare has also produced two stakes-placed foals, Prosico (by Siphon) and Lovers Spat (by Yankee Gentleman). She delivered a full brother to Lovers Spat Feb. 25.
Indian Charlie is the sire of Mr. Nightlinger and 33 other stakes winners. His additional 2008 added-money winners are last yearÕs champion 2-year-old filly Indian Blessing (gr. II), Why Tonto, and R CharlieÕs Angel. Indian Charlie stands at JonesÕ Airdrie Stud for a fee of $50,000.ÑK.B.
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