|HARRY HENSON S.|
2nd at 3HARRY HENSON S.
(T 6f , to Sky Cape, defeating Wine On the Porch, Red Sky Dubai, Nevada Worrier, Mr Keppel (IRE), Suit Yourself, Possibi ).
In May 2007, a homebred colt made his racing debut in a 41Ú2 furlong maiden special weight at Hollywood Park and promptly made headlines. Named Sky Cape, he defeated the highly-regarded and much-hyped Booted to pay a whopping $145.60.
Nearly a year later, roles have reversed. Booted is no longer in the news and still a maiden with just three starts under his belt. Sky Cape, on the other hand, has a burgeoning resume and three career victories. He captured Hollywood ParkÕs $77,500 Harry Henson Stakes in sensational fashion April 25. The official comment on the Equibase chart notes he came from behind and Òinhaled foesÓ in the six furlong event. He blazed the distance on the turf in 1:08.49 to win by 11Ú4 lengths.
The Harry Henson was Sky CapeÕs first stakes victory, but the son of Najran has five additional placings in added-money events, including in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) and the Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Sky Cape is out of the unraced Marquetry mare Skyscape. Trainer Kristin Mulhall bought the mare, in foal to Officer, for $50,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November sale. Mulhall, who serves as breeder, co-owner, and trainer of Sky Cape, was already familiar with the mare as she was owned by Prince Ahmed bin SalmanÕs The Thoroughbred Corp. MulhallÕs father, Richard Mulhall, was the former racing manager of The Thoroughbred Corp., who dispersed its vast Thoroughbred holdings after the death of Salman.
Mulhall also had the mareÕs 2000 gelding, K O Love, in her barn. K O Love broke his maiden for Mulhall at first asking in 2003 by nine lengths, getting a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.
And finally, the year before buying the mare, Mulhall had purchased her weanling filly by Royal Anthem, later named Reality Show, for $6,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky December mixed sale.
Sky Cape was the first foal Mulhall bred out of Skyscape. She raised the colt and sold part of him to her regular client, Steve Taub. The two race Sky Cape in partnership, as they did the aforementioned stakes-placed Reality Show. Taub became a client of MulhallÕs in 2002, just a few months after she first took out her training license. Taub, a former television stunt man, concert and boxing promoter, car dealer, and real estate investor, has owned horses for more than 20 years.
In 2004, a gray or roan named Imperialism put the owner/trainer team on the map when he ran third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to Smarty Jones. Much was made of MulhallÕs youthÑshe was just 21 at the timeÑand gender, as she was just the 11th female Derby trainer in history.
Sky Cape is a member of the first crop of world record miler Najran and is his first stakes winner. The 9-year-old stallion stands at Rick TrontzÕ Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. His 2008 fee is $7,500.ÑJ.W.
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