Bay Meadows Derby (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , abt 9f ,)

PROUDINSKY (GER) (B h, 117 lb) $55,000
Silvano (GER) —Proudeyes (GER) , by Dashing Blade (GB)
B—Dr. Rolf Wilhelms, GER.; O—Gary A. Tanaka; T—Robert J. Frankel

Bold Chieftain (DK B/ h, 121 lb) $20,000
Chief Seattle —Hooked On Music , by Seattle Dancer
B—Dwaine Hall, CA.; O—Hall, Dwaine, Langbein Trust, W. J. Morey, Jr. Trust UTA, et al; T—William J. Morey, Jr.

Bedlam Bertie (CH g, 117 lb) $15,000
Game Plan —Beaming Smile , by Sunny's Halo
B—Carl Wilson, CA.; O—Ford, Patricia and Delia, William; T—William Delia

Margins: 1¼, 1¼, 3½. Others: Illuminise (IRE) 120($7,500) , Raise the Bluff 121($2,500) , Sharper Edge 117 . Winning Jockey, Patrick A. Valenzuela.

Proudinsky, who was sent off as the race favorite, did not fail to deliver as he pulled away from Bold Chieftain by 11/4 lengths to win the Bay Meadows Derby (gr. IIIT) at Bay Meadows Nov. 5. It was the first stakes victory for the German-bred 3-year-old colt.

A son of Silvano, Proudinsky began his racing career in Germany this April, and in just his second start, he finished second in the Grosser Preis der Sparkasse Dortmund. After that race, he was purchased privately by owner Gary Tanaka and relocated to the United States. Proudinsky previously was owned by Hyperion Breeding. In his first American start, he finished second by a nose in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) behind Kingship.

Tanaka has a history of purchasing foreign horses and campaigning them to graded stakes glory. Some of his foreign-bred grade I winners include: Millkom, Single Empire (in partnership), Donna Viola, Golden Apples, King’s Drama, Lovellon, Pellegrino, Pico Central, Squeak, and Star Parade.

Star Parade, who won the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) in February, has recently been retired and is scheduled to be sold at the 2007 Keeneland January mixed sale. Tanaka is more focused on the racing aspect of the industry than the breeding end. An Argentine-bred, Star Parade ended her career with nine wins in 35 starts and earnings of $1,226,719.

Bred by Dr. Rolf Wilhelms, Proudinsky is out of the Dashing Blade mare Proudeyes, who in turn is out of the Windwurf mare Porta Westfalica. Out of the High Hat mare Perette, Porta Westfalica is a half-sister to stakes winner Perettor, by Sovereign Path. Another half-sister, Peraja, is the dam of Proudwings. A champion in England, Italy, and Germany, Proudwings captured the Prix du Muguet (Fr-II) and was campaigned by Hyperion Breeding for most of her career.

Proudeyes is the dam of three foals, with two stakes winners. In addition to Proudinsky, she is the dam of Proudance, by Tannenkonig, who won the Wettannahmen Springer-Meile (Ger-III). Proudinsky is her last foal, as the 10-year-old mare was not bred for either 2004 or 2005 and has no reported foal for 2006.

Silvano is the sire of three stakes winners including other 2006 added-money winners Lowenherz and Fair Breeze, who both won in Germany. The 10-year-old son of Lomitas stood the 2006 season at Main Chance Farms in South Africa for a fee of 40,000 rands (about $5,500).—A.H.D.