Ancient Title S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 6f ,)

GAYEGO (DK B/ h, 124 lb) $180,000
Gilded Time —Devils Lake , by Lost Code
B—Sandra Sexton, KY.; O—Godolphin Racing LLC; T—Saeed bin Suroor

Crown of Thorns (B h, 124 lb) $60,000
Repent —Crowning Touch , by Thunder Gulch
B—Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc., FL.; O—Spendthrift Farm LLC; T—Richard E. Mandella

Delta Storm (B g, 124 lb) $36,000
Storm Boot —Talkin to Delta , by Diesis (GB)
B—Alex G. Campbell, Jr., KY.; O—Michael House; T—Mike R. Mitchell

Margins: 1¼, ½, ¾. Others: Cost of Freedom 124($18,000) , Riley Tucker 124($6,000) , Square Eddie 123 , Atta Boy Roy 124 , Nikki'sgoldensteed 124 , Supreme Summit 123 , Red Arrow (AUS) 124 . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

Favored Gayego scored a come-from-behind victory in the Oct. 11 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park. It was the first grade I win for the 4-year-old colt, which also earned an automatic berth in the Nov. 7 Sentient Jet BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) because the Ancient Title was a BreedersÕ Cup ÒWin and YouÕre InÓ race. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Gayego defeated Crown of Thorns by 11Ú4 lengths and covered the six furlongs in 1:08.28.

Gayego scored in the 2008 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and San Pedro Stakes when he was owned by Cubanacan Stables and trained by Paulo Lobo. He later was sold privately to Sheikh MohammedÕs Godolphin operation, and he started racing for that stable in March of this year. Running in Dubai, which is ruled by Sheikh Mohammed, Gayego captured the Dayjur Mahab Al Shimaal (UAE-III) and finished second in the Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Etisalat (UAE-II). In his outing prior to the Ancient Title, Gayego won a six-furlong allowance/optional claiming race by a length Aug. 17 at Saratoga.

Hargus and Sandra Sexton bred Gayego in Kentucky and, through Warrendale Sales, sold the colt for $32,000 to Cubanacan Stables during the 2006 Keeneland September yearling auction.

GayegoÕs third dam, RibotÕs Branch (by Rungus), produced one stakes winner, Lot oÕ Ribot (by Lot oÕ Gold), who scored in the Columbus and Grand National Steeplechase Handicaps in 1986.

Gilded Time is the sire of Gayego and 52 additional stakes winners. The stallionÕs other added-money winners this year are Time Matters (Aust-III) and Mighty Rule. Winner of the 1992 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Gilded Time stands in Canada at Bar None Ranches near Dewinton in the province of Alberta. His 2009 stud fee was $7,500 (Canadian funds).ÐD.B.B.