Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 11f ,)
(DK B/ g,
Langfuhr Muskrat Suzie , by Vice Regent
BGustav Schickedanz, ON.; OKingfield Racing Stable, Ltd.; TCatherine Day Phillips
Lasting Approval Cuando Quiere , by Affirmed
BWimborne Farm, Inc., KY.; OGlencrest Farm LLC; TTodd A. Pletcher
(DK B/ h,
Spend a Buck Gay Charm (BRZ) , by Ghadeer (FR)
BFazenda Mondesir, BRZ.; OMidnight Cry Stable; THelen Pitts
Margins: neck, ½, 1¼. Others: Go Between 123($18,000) , Revved Up 123($9,000) , Embossed (IRE) 123 , Dynantonia 123 , Mustanfar 123 , Interpatation 123 , Fri Guy 123 , Ramazutti 123 . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.
Jambalaya added U.S. grade I winner to his stunning accomplishment as a Canadian classic winner. All that from a runner that cost just $2,500 as a yearling.
Jambalaya, a 5-year-old gelded son of Langfuhr, charged past five rivals in the final eighth of a mile to win the Feb. 24 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IT) by a neck. Finishing second was 2-1 favorite Honey Ryder, the sole distaffer in the race.
Bred in Ontario by Gustav Schickedanz, Jambalaya races for his trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, in partnership with her husband, Todd Phillips, in the name of Kingfield Racing Stable. Kingfield bought Jambalaya for $2,500 from Schickedanz at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, was the consignor.
The Kingfield name honors Day Phillips’ late maternal grandparents, Charles and Janet Burns. The couple operated Kinghaven Farm outside Toronto.
Charles Burns, who died in 1983, served on the executive committee of the Ontario Jockey Club. In partnership, he won the 1969 Grand National Steeplechase in England with Highland Wedding.
Jambalaya’s Canadian classic score came in the 2005 Breeders’ Stakes on grass by eight lengths at Woodbine, just two months after he broke his maiden at the track. In his next start, he won the Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga.
Jambalaya is one of eight horses that Day Phillips trains at the Ocala Training Center. He might make a return trip to Gulfstream to run in the March 31 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 11/2 miles, which is a furlong longer than the Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup distance.
Schickedanz bred and raced Langfuhr, who was a Canadian champion sprinter and multiple grade I winner in the U.S. Langfuhr stands at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Schickedanz also stands Langfuhr’s champion son, Wando, at Lane’s End. Racing as a homebred, Wando was 2003 Canadian Horse of the Year, Triple Crown winner, and champion 3-year-old male.
Jambalaya not only has two doses of Canadian great Northern Dancer in the third generation of his pedigree, but another in his fifth. Nijinsky II, a son of Northern Dancer and the last English Triple Crown winner, appears in Jambalaya’s fourth generation.
Schickedanz no longer owns Jambalaya’s dam, Muskrat Suzie, by Vice Regent. She was sold in foal to Langfuhr by Hill n’ Dale, agent, to Dr. B. Van Arem for $5,363 at the 2003 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario division) winter mixed sale. Her most recent offspring is an Ontario-bred yearling filly by Whiskey Wisdom.
Langfuhr has sired 45 stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winner Wavelength (in Australia). Langfuhr was represented by 17 stakes winners in 2006. His fee at Lane’s End is $25,000.—D.S.