|HILL 'N' DALE CIGAR MILE H.|
Won at 3HILL 'N' DALE CIGAR MILE H.
(gr. I , 8f , defeating Harlem Rocker, Bribon (FR), Arson Squad, Kodiak Kowboy, Storm Play, Monterey Jazz, Visionaire, Wanderin Boy ).
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.
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