2nd at 3JAMAICA H.
(gr. IIT , 9f , to Court Vision, defeating Ready's Echo, Wesley, Roman Tiger, Slambino, Thou Swell ).
After placing in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), Fountain of Youth (gr. II), and Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) earlier this year, Court Vision got one for his own win column. The sophomore colt from one of the best female families in modern times captured BelmontÕs Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) Oct. 4. He prevailed in the nine-furlong grass contest by a hard-fought three-quarters of a length after battling Gio Ponti every inch of the final furlong. Bill Mott trains Court Vision for IEAH Stables and WinStar Farm.
Although the victory marked Court VisionÕs first win of 2008, he isnÕt a stranger to the winnerÕs circle. The Remsen (gr. II) and Iroquois (gr. III) Stakes were among his juvenile scores.
William S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership bred Court Vision in Kentucky. Native Texan Farish is owner of LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky., one of the BluegrassÕ most prominent stallion stations and nurseries. A close friend of former President George Bush, Farish served as ambassador to England from 2001-04 for current President George W. Bush.
Like Farish, the late William S. Kilroy was also a close friend of former President Bush. The two attended Yale together. After college, Kilroy founded an oil exploration firm in Texas. His first stakes winner was Lassie Dear, the great granddam of Court Vision, and his accomplishments in racing snowballed from there.
Lassie Dear produced four stakes winners, including English champion Wolfhound. Her descendants include U.S. champion Lemon Drop Kid and 2008 multiple group I winner Duke of Marmalade.
Lassie DearÕs greatest impact on the breed, however, is through her daughter Weekend Surprise. Among other stakes winners, the 1992 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year produced two classic winners for Kilroy and Farish: Horse of the Year and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner A.P. Indy and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall. Both, in turn, have sired classic winners and Horses of the Year while standing at LaneÕs End.
A daughter of Weekend Surprise, Weekend Storm, is the dam of Court Vision. Weekend Storm has also produced Hong Kong group II winner Garcia Marquez and additional 2008 stakes winner Lord Snowdon.
Weekend Storm has a 2-year-old filly by Smart Strike, named Weekend Strike, who broke her maiden at second asking on Sept. 30 at Meadowlands for Edward P. Evans. Weekend Storm has been bred to Gulch.
Gulch is the sire of 70 stakes winners, including Court Vision and five other 2008 added-money winners. Gulch is from the same Mr. Prospector crop as Gone West and Afleet. Now 24, Gulch stands at LaneÕs End. His 2008 fee was $20,000.ÑJ.W.
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