3rd at 4CITATION H.
(gr. IT , 8.5f , to Lang Field, Zann, defeating Silent Name (JPN), Crested (GB), Palace Episode, Visa Parade (ARG), Independent George, Willow O Wisp ).
Lang Field paid no attention to the fact he was a long shot as he held off Zann by a neck in the Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. The win was not only the 4-year-old Langfuhr gelding’s first graded stakes victory, but also his initial added-money win of any kind.
Although the Citation was his first stakes victory, Lang Field ran third in both the July 27 Wickerr Handicap and Oct. 13 War Chant Stakes. He became just the second grade I winner for his 70-year-old trainer, Art Sherman, who saddled Siren Lure to win the Triple Bend Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park last year. Sherman’s son, Alan, saddled Lang Field in the Citation.
“This is just a good horse,” Alan Sherman said. “I’ve always been pretty high on this horse since I got him from Kentucky. He gives it his all every time we bring him over here.”
Sherman trains Lang Field for Nigel Shields, who has owned the gelding since July 2006. It was then that Michael Tammaro claimed Lang Field on behalf of Shields for $30,000 from Freddy Lewis Jr. at Churchill Downs.
Other stakes winners campaigned by Shields include Melody Queen and Sick As A Parrot.
Lewis bred Lang Field in Kentucky out of the winning Metfield mare Out Field, who he also bred. Out Field is out of the winning Verbatim mare Dedham Dancer and is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Carborundum filly Carla.
Dedham Dancer is out of the stakes-winning Never Down Hill mare Hill Billy Dancer, who also produced grade III winner Vegas Prospector (by Crafty Prospector) and stakes winner She Rides Tonite (by Stalwart). Out of the winning Sword Dancer mare Double Dancer, Hill Billy Dancer is a half-sister to grade III winner Robyn Dancer.
Lang Field is the second foal to live and first stakes winner out of Out Field. Her only other foal to race, Fieldabeat (by Evansville Slew), is also a winner. The 13-year-old mare is also the dam of an unraced General Royal juvenile colt named Royal Field and a weanling colt by Pure Prize named Prize the Field. She is in foal to Shaniko.
Langfuhr is the sire of 51 stakes winners. Included in his 18 added-money winners in 2007 are graded stakes winners Jambalaya (gr. IT), Lawyer Ron (gr. I), and Last Answer (gr. IIT). The 15-year-old son of Danzig will stand the 2008 season at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $25,000.—A.H.D.
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