Durham Cup S. (gr. III)
(CAN-III , 9f ,)
Lycius Gioia , by Mari's Book
BHaras Santa Maria de Araras S.A., FL.; OHaras Santa Maria de Araras; TRoger L. Attfield
A.P. Indy Pico Teneriffe , by Red Ransom
BEugene Melnyk, ON.; OMelnyk Racing Stables, Inc.; TMark E. Casse
Black Minnaloushe Dyrce , by Sandpit (BRZ)
BRichard Rowan, KY.; OTucci Stables; TNicholas Gonzalez
Palladio, CanadaÕs champion 3-year-old male of 2005, not only won the Oct. 11 Durham Cup Stakes (Can-III), but set a track-record for 11Ú8 miles in the process. His time, 1:49.29, bested Sand CoveÕs previous mark of 1:49.38 over WoodbineÕs Polytrack surface Sept. 28.
The Durham Cup victory ended a dry spell that started after Palladio won the Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) in May 2007. That victory, at 11Ú16 miles at Woodbine, also came in track-record time.
The year of his championship, Palladio won the Ontario Derby and Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine and the Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown. He remained in the United States after the Ohio Derby, and finished unplaced in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), won by Roman Ruler, at Monmouth Park and the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga.
A Florida-bred, Palladio upped his earnings to $756,525 in winning the Durham Cup as a homebred for Julio BozanoÕs Haras Santa Maria de Araras. He has been trained his entire 27-start career by Roger Attfield,
Palladio didnÕt start this year until July, when he ran third in the Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III). He then ran unplaced in the Sept. 7 Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-IT) in his last race.
ÒHe had the winter off,Ó Attfield said. ÒThe horse just wasnÕt doing well last year. He hurt himself when he had his time off in Ocala (Florida). We missed all those early races. It was just sickening that we couldnÕt win with him. IÕm really pleased for the horse.Ó
Bozano owns a division of Haras Santa Maria de Araras near Ocala and two divisions in Argentina. Alone and in partnership, Haras Santa Maria de Araras has bred and/or raced grade I winners Anh Duong and Wallenda, plus such other graded winners as Bordelaise, DÕHallevant, Pommes Frites, and Quite a Bride. The last-named is a two-time stakes winner this year.
Palladio is the first stakes winner out of the winning MariÕs Book mare Gioia, whose two youngest foals are a yearling Smart Strike filly and a Grand Slam weanling filly.
Lycius, sire of Palladio, has sired 29 stakes winners. He stands at Briar Hill Farm near Rehoboth, Mass. His 2008 fee was $2,000.ÑD.S