Autumn S. (gr. II)
(CAN-II , 8.5f ,)
A.P. Indy Pico Teneriffe , by Red Ransom
BEugene Melnyk, ON.; OMelnyk Racing Stables, Inc.; TMark E. Casse
(DK B/ g,
Running Stag Midday Fun , by The Prime Minister
BAdena Springs, ON.; OJanice Attard; TSid C. Attard
Maria's Mon Bristol Pistol , by Regal Classic
BGeorge Strawbridge Jr., ON.; OAugustin Stable; TMacDonald Benson
Margins: ½, neck, 1½. Others: Artie Hot 121($7,577) , Palladio 121($3,789) , Torquay 115($337) , Rosberg 119($337) , True Metropolitan 121($337) , Media Play 117($337) . Winning Jockey, Patrick Husbands.
Jockey Patrick Husbands told trainer Mark Casse before the Nov. 9 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine that 4-year-old Marchfield was a different horse than the one who had finished second in the Oct. 11 Durham Cup Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine. Marchfield made good on HusbandsÕ claim by winning the 11Ú16 mile Autumn in closing fashion.
ÒHeÕs been really sharp,Ó Casse said after the half-length win. ÒI had a tough time getting the saddle on him. He wanted to kick me. HeÕs a really talented horse when he puts his mind to it.Ó
Marchfield, by A.P. Indy, was a Canadian classic winner last year, capturing the BreedersÕ Stakes on turf. He also competed in the two other classics open to males, the QueenÕs Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, and finished unplaced in both.
Marchfield was bred in Ontario by Eugene Melnyk and races for Melnyk Racing Stables. Melnyk, a prominent North American breeder/owner, owns Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Melnyk was voted a 2007 Sovereign Award as CanadaÕs leading owner, and Casse and Husbands also earned Sovereign Awards. MelnykÕs homebred Sealy Hill was voted CanadaÕs Horse of the Year as well as champion 3-year-old filly and female turf performer. Sealy Hill ran second in this yearÕs Emirates Airline BreedersÕ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Melnyk raced MarchfieldÕs dam, Pico Teneriffe, who won or placed in a dozen stakes. Bred in Kentucky by Robert N. Clay and his father, Albert G. Clay, Pico Teneriffe was consigned by the younger ClayÕs Three Chimneys Farm to the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale, where Melnyk bought her for $340,000. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Pico Teneriffe was a three-time graded stakes winner on turf and was grade I stakes-placed on dirt at 2.
Pico TeneriffeÕs first foal, stakes-placed Westmoreland, has earned $210,579. The mareÕs 2-year-old, Congor Bay (by Speightstown), has won both his starts as a Melnyk homebred. Pico Teneriffe is not in foal and is booked to Speightstown in 2009.
A.P. Indy has sired 114 stakes winners. His 11 stakes winners of 2008 include grade I winners Little Belle and Music Note. A.P. Indy stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee of $300,000 is the same as what he stood for in 2008.ÑD.S