Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile H. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8f ,)
TALE OF EKATI
Tale of the Cat Silence Beauty (JPN) , by Sunday Silence
BCharles Fipke, KY.; OCharles E. Fipke; TBarclay Tagg
Macho Uno Freedom Come , by Lit de Justice
BAdena Springs, ON.; OStronach Stables; TTodd A. Pletcher
Mark of Esteem (IRE) Rowat Arazi (GB) , by Arazi
BDarpat SL, FR.; OMarc Keller; TRobert 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.