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Won at 5SKY CLASSIC S.
(CAN-II , 11f , defeating Champs Elysees (GB), Medjool, Marlang, Cool Gator, Rahy's Attorney, Catch the Luck, Woodbourne ).
Melnyk Racing StablesÕ Marchfield rallied with determination to notch his first graded stakes victory on turf Aug. 23, becoming a millionaire in the process. The son of A.P. Indy caused a stir when he prevailed by a half-length over dual grade I winner Champs Elysees in the Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Five-year-old Marchfield, who earlier this year won the Dominion Day Handicap (Can-III) on Polytrack, completed the 13Ú8-mile Sky Classic in 2:16.56.
Owner Eugene Melnyk was at Woodbine to celebrate in the winnerÕs circle with Marchfield, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands.
ÒItÕs a great delight to see this horse show his pedigree,Ó said Melnyk after the race. ÒHeÕs an A.P. Indy horse, out of a wonderful mare that I raised. Coming to Woodbine is an emotional thing because I won the QueenÕs Plate here.Ó
A native of Canada and a resident of Barbados, Melnyk serves as chairman and chief executive officer of a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Toronto, Ontario.
Some of the best horses bred and/or raced by Melnyk and his wife, Laura, include 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Flower Alley, and 2004 BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I ) winner and champion Speightstown, who stands at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
MelnykÕs QueenÕs Plate winner Archers Bay was a Canadian champion, as was Sealy Hill, the first filly to win the Canadian Triple Crown.
Melnyk bought MarchfieldÕs graded stakes-winning dam Pico Teneriffe (by Red Ransom) for $340,000 at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale from Three Chimneys Farm, agent. She went on to win or place in 12 stakes for Melnyk, including three grade III contests at Gulfstream Park in 1999 and 2000.
Pico TeneriffeÕs half-sister Musical Minister (by Deputy Minister) produced grade II winner Minister Eric (by Old Trieste), as well as KelliÕs Ransom (by Red Ransom), who is the dam of this yearÕs UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (UAE-II) winner Regal Ransom (by Distorted Humor).
In addition to Marchfield, Pico Teneriffe is also the dam of stakes-placed runner and $230,000-plus earner Westmoreland (by Danzig) and stakes winner Congor Bay (by Speightstown). Both were raced by Melnyk.
Pico Teneriffe is in foal to Speightstown on a February cover date.
A.P. Indy is the sire of 125 stakes winners. Among his 12 added-money winners of 2009 are grade I victors Telling and Flashing. A.P. Indy stood the 2009 season for $250,000 at William FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑE.M.
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