Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 11.5f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Spend a Buck Gay Charm (BRZ) , by Ghadeer (FR)
BFazenda Mondesir, BRZ.; OMidnight Cry Stable; THelen Pitts
Deputy Minister Partygoer , by Secretariat
BWertheimer Et Frere, KY.; OWertheimer and Frere; TTodd A. Pletcher
Military Hail Roberta , by Roberto
BBrant Laue, KY.; OLaue Ranch; TWilliam I. Mott
While the physicist Einstein’s conception of space and time may be a bit ponderous for his equine namesake—even as smart as co-owner Bill Gallion said the 4-year-old son of Spend a Buck is—it was the colt’s own motion relative to his slightly slower-moving foes that carried him past the wire a neck winner of the $190,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IT) Feb. 25. His time of 2:23.91 is a course record at the south Florida track for 111/2 furlongs, and earned Einstein his first stakes win in as many tries.
Bred in Brazil by Fazenda Mondesir, Einstein is the last foal out of the group I-winning Ghadeer mare Gay Charm. Helen Pitts, former assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek, conditions the colt for the Midnight Cry Stable of Gallion and partner Shirley Cunningham, Lexington attorneys who befriended each other more than 25 years ago and who keep several horses in Pitts’ care.
Gallion, a native of Ashland, Ky., and Cunningham, a native of Kadiz, Ky., entered the Thoroughbred business in 2000 by purchasing both yearlings on their own and established horses in various partnerships. One of those racehorses was the Spend a Buck colt Hard Buck, who won the 2004 renewal of the Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup in the name of McPeek’s Team Victory, and who now stands for the men in both Florida and Brazil.
Hard Buck ran second in the 2004 Palm Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, taking the partners across the globe and firmly into the business.
“We had so much fun with Hard Buck,” said Gallion, “and that’s what attracted us to Einstein, who was part of the last crop of Spend a Buck.”
Gallion said McPeek bought Einstein on their behalf, one of seven Brazilian yearlings Midnight Cry purchased at the time, for $60,000. An Oct. 23, 2002, foal, Einstein is still three by Southern Hemisphere standards and eligible for the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in March, to which he has been invited to participate.
Gallion said the stable, which also keeps stock in Brazil, has recently branched into breeding end of the business. They keep eight broodmares at Cunningham’s Hillcrest Farm near Georgetown, Ky., and have young horses on the ground by stallions such as Glitterman and Stormin Fever. Their first homebred, the Stormin Fever filly Stormin Baghdad, out of the unraced mare Skip to Baghdad, is two and in training at Another Episode Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Horse of the Year in 1985, Spend a Buck, sire of 34 stakes winners, stood 11 seasons at Red River Farms near Coushatta, La., before being moved to Brazil’s Haras Bage do Sul in 2001. He died in 2002.—P.V.S.