|DOMINION DAY H.|
Won at 5DOMINION DAY H.
(CAN-III , 10f , defeating Approval Rating, Vacation, Cool Gator, Ice Bear, Perfect Bullet, Equitable, Michael's Bad Boy ).
Marchfield took an important step in defense of his Canadian champion older male title. The 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy won the July 1 Dominion Day Handicap (Can-III) on Canada Day at Woodbine.
Marchfield came close to equaling the track record in the Dominion Day. His time of 2:03.63 missed the record by .12 seconds.
Bred in Ontario, Canada, by Eugene Melnyk, Marchfield races for Melnyk and his wife, Laura, in the name of Melnyk Racing Stables.
The Dominion Day was MarchfieldÕs third stakes victory. At 3, he won the classic BreedersÕ Stakes on turf at Woodbine. Last year he captured the Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine.
Melnyk raced MarchfieldÕs dam, Pico Teneriffe. Bred in Kentucky by Robert N. Clay and his father, Albert G. Clay, Pico Teneriffe was bought by Melnyk for $340,000 at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale. She was consigned by the younger ClayÕs Three Chimneys Farm, agent.
Pico Teneriffe won five stakes, all on turf, including three graded events and a division of the Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.
The Melnyks enjoyed earlier success this year with homebred stakes winners Congor Bay, Gemswick Park, Mullins Beach, and Sterwins. Congor Bay, a half-brother to Marchfield, won the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita in January. Sterwins captured the Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIIT) in track record-time at Woodbine in May.
Congor Bay is by Speightstown, who was voted 2004 champion sprinter after winning the BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) for Melnyk. Speightstown stands at Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Pico Teneriffe is kept at the MelnyksÕ Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla. Pico Teneriffe, who is not in foal for 2009, is in foal to Speightstown for 2010.
A.P. Indy has sired 121 stakes winners. His eight stakes winners this year include Eldaafer (gr. II), Friesan Fire (gr. II), El Crespo (gr. IIIT), Flashing (gr. III), and QueenÕs Plate winner Eye of the Leopard. A.P. Indy stands for $250,000 at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky.ÑD.S.
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