Won at 2NASHUA S.
(gr. III , 8f , defeating Anak Nakal, Anakim, Trust N Dustan, Saada ).
Etched may be lightly raced, but the 2-year-old Forestry colt made quite an impression in just two career starts, and his wire-to-wire win in the $105,800 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Oct. 28 left racegoers wondering what he’ll do next. If his performance and pedigree offer a fair indication, the colt is headed for greatness—and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin says he’ll definitely get the opportunity to prove himself.
“He’s a nice colt and both races show he’s very talented,” McLaughlin said. “We’re looking at the (Nov. 24) Remsen (gr. II) and possibly going to Dubai for the Festival.”
The first foal to race out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Unbridled Elaine, Etched was bred in Kentucky by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud. He broke his maiden at first asking to win a six furlong event by 63¼4 lengths under Alan Garcia Sept. 29 at Belmont, and stretched out to a mile with Garcia in the saddle again in the Nashua to win by 61¼2 lengths.
Unbridled Elaine, an Unbridled’s Song mare, raced to a 6-2-1 record from 11 career starts for the late Roger Devenport. Among her best races were a victory in the Monmouth Breeders’ Cup Oaks (gr. II) and narrow loss to the boys in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III), when she finished by 11¼2 lengths to 2000 juvenile male champion Macho Uno, but her career triumph was a 12-1 upset in the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, when she got up to beat Spain by a head.
Darley purchased Unbridled Elaine carrying Etched for $4.4 million at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with John Ferguson acting as agent. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Her first foal, a 4-year-old Rahy filly named Seresa’s Spirit, is unraced. She has two unnamed fillies by A.P. Indy—a yearling and weanling—and is now in foal to Distorted Humor, according to a Darley representative.
Forestry is represented by 29 stakes winners. Among his nine 2007 added-money winners are grade IIIT winners Woodlander and Mending Fences. He stands at the Taylor brothers’ Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky. His 2007 stud fee was $125,000.—C.N.
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