Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 8f ,)

TALE OF EKATI (B h, 116 lb) $180,000
Tale of the Cat —Silence Beauty (JPN) , by Sunday Silence
B—Charles Fipke, KY.; O—Charles E. Fipke; T—Barclay Tagg

Harlem Rocker (GR/RO h, 116 lb) $60,000
Macho Uno —Freedom Come , by Lit de Justice
B—Adena Springs, ON.; O—Stronach Stables; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Bribon (FR) (CH g, 114 lb) $30,000
Mark of Esteem (IRE) —Rowat Arazi (GB) , by Arazi
B—Darpat SL, FR.; O—Marc Keller; T—Robert Ribaudo

Margins: ¾, nose, head. Others: Arson Squad 119($15,000) , Kodiak Kowboy 116($9,000) , Storm Play 116($2,000) , Monterey Jazz 118($2,000) , Visionaire 116($2,000) , Wanderin Boy 118 . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.

Harlem Rocker was a nose better than Tale of Ekati when they hit the wire in the Nov. 29 Hill ÔnÕ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct, but after a stewardsÕ inquiry, he was disqualified to second for causing interference in the stretch.

As a result, Tale of Ekati garnered his second grade I victory of the year, and both have come at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old Tale of the Cat colt also took the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I) over War Pass, who was the champion 2-year-old colt in 2007. In his next start, Tale of Ekati finished fourth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

ÒThe Wood Memorial came up perfect for him, but IÕve said all along that this horse is a miler,Ó said trainer Barclay Tagg. ÒBut when you have a 3-year-old with the Kentucky Derby, you have to try different things with them. ItÕs nice to start the year with a grade I at Aqueduct and end it here with a grade I.Ó

Other graded stakes on Tale of EkatiÕs resume include the Oct. 5 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) and the 2007 Futurity Stakes (gr. II). Tagg trains the homebred colt for Charles Fipke, who, along with Dr. Stewart Blusson, is credited with discovering a diamond mine in Canada that is now known as the Ekati Mine. Fipke owns 10% of the mine.

Tale of Ekati is the first foal to race out of the Sunday Silence mare Silence Beauty, who was a $1-million yearling but only started three times. She is a daughter of grade I winner Maplejinsky and is a half-sister to champion Sky Beauty.

Silence Beauty is kept at John PhillipsÕ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. She has a weanling filly by Perfect Soul and is in foal to that stallion. A grade I winner by SadlerÕs Wells, Perfect Soul raced as a homebred for Fipke.

Tale of the Cat is the sire of 55 stakes winners, including 15 added-money winners in 2008. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat will stand at Ashford Stud for a fee of $30,000 in 2009.ÑA.H.D.