Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 12f ,)
(DK B/ g,
Langfuhr Idealistic Cause , by Habitony (IRE)
BJack O. Thompson, KY.; OElliot Mavorah; TRobert Barbara
Tale of the Cat Chipeta Springs , by Alydar
BKilboy Estate, Inc., KY.; OCastleton Lyons; TChristophe Clement
Grand Couturier (GB)
Grand Lodge Lady Elgar (IRE) , by Sadler's Wells
BTom Wilson, GB.; OMarc Keller; TRobert Ribaudo
Interpatation ended a 17-race losing streak in the grandest of ways. He beat leading turf runner Gio Ponti in the Oct. 3 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) by 13Ú4 lengths at Belmont Park. The $360,000 Interpatation earned in the 11Ú2-mile race boosted his earnings to $1,156,630 for owner Elliot Mavorah.
This yearÕs Joe Hirsch Turf Classic was InterpatationÕs fourth go around in the stakes. The son of Langfuhr finished second in 2008, third in 2007, and fourth in 2006.
Trainer Robert Barbara made a big change in the 7-year-old geldingÕs schedule in the week leading up to this yearÕs race. Although he had planned to breeze Interpatation the Monday before the race, he canceled the work after receiving a phone call the previous Friday from Mavorah.
ÒThe owner, whoÕs Orthodox, told me he had spoken to the rabbi and the rabbi told him please not to work the horse because of the holiday (Yom Kippur),Ó Barbara said. ÒI asked Elliot, since itÕs a fasting holiday, if I could feed the horse and he said, ÔYeah, I could feed him, just donÕt work him.Õ Ó
Bred in Kentucky by Larry Cassaday and Jack O. Thompson, Interpatation was bought by Mavorah as a weanling for $31,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from FitzGerald/Keogh, agents.
The following year Interpatation went through the Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs August yearling sale, where he failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $10,000.
InterpatationÕs success on turf largely stems from his dam, Idealistic Cause. Whereas InterpatationÕs sire, Langfuhr, scored his major wins on dirt, Idealistic Cause won or placed in seven grass stakes. Two of her grass triumphs, the Flawlessly and Past Forgetting Handicaps, came at Hollywood Park.
Langfuhr has sired 62 stakes winners, including 10 stakes winners of 2009. He stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee was $20,000.ÑD.S.