Won at 6CLARK H.
(gr. II , 9f , defeating Delightful Kiss, Commentator, Magna Graduate, Wayzata Bay, Dominican, Anak Nakal ).
Brazilian-bred Einstein closed out his 6-year-old campaign in winning fashion and proved his versatility when he crossed the wire first in the Nov. 28 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Einstein, who has only finished off the board twice in nine starts this year, scored his biggest past victories on turf. Proving to have gotten better with age, the son of Spend a Buck accomplished some of his greatest feats as an older horse in winning this yearÕs Gulfstream Park BreedersÕ cup Stakes (gr. IT) and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) at Churchill, and placing in three other graded stakes.
Conditioned by up-and-coming trainer Helen Pitts, a former assistant to Kenny McPeek, Einstein has now won nine of 22 career starts and has earned more than $1.6 million.
McPeek bought seven Brazilian-bred yearlings for $60,000 on behalf of attorneys William Gallion and Shirley CunninghamÕs Midnight Cry Stable, and Einstein, who was part of the package, arrived in the United States in 2004.
In the Clark, Einstein ran in the name of court-appointed receiver Matthew Garretson since Gallion and Cunningham are currently incarcerated over a complicated legal scandal.
Bred by Fazenda Mondesir, Einstein appears to have been bred for greatness. The striking dark bay/brown horse is out of the Ghadeer mare Gay Charm, a dual group I winner in her native Brazil. The mare captured the prestigious Grande Premio Henrique Possolo and Grande Premio Marciano de Aguiar Moreira in 1989.
Gay Charm is a daughter of the Waldmeister mare Virga, who also had a successful racing career, scoring her major victory in the Grande Premio de Diana-Brazilian One Thousand Guineas (Brz-I).
Gay Charm has additionally thrived in the breeding shed. Besides Einstein, she is the dam of group I producer Charm Us (by Clackson), group III producer Feiticeira Regina (by Roi Normand), and group III-placed runner and group II-placed producer Veracite (by Roy).
Einstein is Gay CharmÕs last reported foal.
Horse of the Year Spend a Buck is the sire of 38 stakes winners. The Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning son of Buckaroo died at age 20 of anaphylactic shock when being moved from Louisiana to Brazil in 2002.ÑE.M.
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