Gulfstream Park Turf S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 11f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Spend a Buck Gay Charm (BRZ) , by Ghadeer (FR)
BFazenda Mondesir, BRZ.; OMidnight Cry Stable; THelen Pitts
Rahy Dancinginmydreams , by Seeking the Gold
BPhipps Stable, KY.; OPhipps Stable; TClaude R. McGaughey III
Stream of Gold (IRE)
Rainbow Quest River Dancer (IRE) , by Irish River (FR)
BBallymacoll Stud Farm Ltd., IRE.; OZabeel Racing International, Corp; TKiaran P. McLaughlin
Margins: neck, 3, 1¾. Others: Cougar Bay (IRE) 123($15,000) , Zann 123($10,500) , Dave 123 , Palace Episode 123 , Thorn Song 123 , Shamdinan (FR) 123 , Notable Guest 123 . Winning Jockey, Jose Lezcano.
It has become clear that Einstein has an affinity for the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (gr. IT). The Helen Pitts trainee won the 2006 edition, finished third in 2007, and held off longshot Dancing Forever by a neck to take the 2008 running at Gulfstream Park Feb. 23.
It was the 6-year-old son of Spend a Buck’s first stakes victory since winning the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) last March. He had an abbreviated campaign in 2007, with his last start coming in the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard. In that race, Einstein was forced to dodge a fallen horse and unseated his rider, Robby Albarado. In his first race back since that incident, he won an allowance/optional claiming contest Jan. 11 at Gulfstream.
Pitts, a former assistant to Kenny McPeek, conditions Einstein for Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham’s Midnight Cry Stable. McPeek bought seven Brazilian-bred yearlings for $60,000 on behalf of Midnight Cry Stable, and Einstein, who was part of the package, arrived in the United States in 2004.
Another horse Pitts used to train for Midnight Cry is reining Horse of the Year Curlin. After he broke his maiden, Midnight Cry sold a large percentage of the Smart Strike colt to several partners, and he moved to Steve Asmussen’s barn. He went on to win three grade I races, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge. Currently, Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables owns 80% of Curlin, while Midnight Cry retains 20%.
Fazenda Mondesir bred Einstein in Brazil out of the group I-winning Ghadeer mare Gay Charm. While racing in Brazil, Gay Charm captured two group I and two group II races. She is the only foal out of her dam, the group I-winning Waldmeister mare Virga.
Einstein is Gay Charm’s only winner, who got off to a rough start as a broodmare. Her first five foals never made it to the races, but two of those foals, Charm Us and Feiticeira Regina, have turned into stakes-producing broodmares. Charm Us is the dam of group I winner Istbestand and group II winner New Regina, while Feiticeira Regina is the dam of group III winner Maria Mole.
Gay Charm is also the dam of the group III-placed Roy filly Veracite. Now a broodmare, Veracite is the dam of Eternidade, who is group II-placed in Brazil.
Einstein is Gay Charm’s last reported foal.
Spend a Buck is the sire of 38 stakes winners. The 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner died in 2002 at age 20 from anaphylactic shock while standing stud in Brazil.—A.H.D.