Remsen S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Gulch Weekend Storm , by Storm Bird
BKilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, KY.; OWinStar Farm LLC; TWilliam I. Mott
(DK B/ r,
Repent Amidst , by Icecapade
BMitzi Robinson, FL.; ODogwood Stable; TTodd A. Pletcher
Trust N Dustan
Trust N Luck Lorraine , by Western Playboy
BJohn Pastorek, KY.; OHough, Stanley M. and Pastorek, John; TStanley M. Hough
Court Vision got up in a hurry to win the Nov. 24 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Three lengths behind at the eighth pole, he charged home to win by a neck as the 4-5 favorite for Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm.
Because of the Remsen’s distance, 11/8 miles, which is about as long as 2-year-olds are asked to run in this country, the race is viewed by many as a valuable indictor of future success, especially at lengthier distances. And since Court Vision is by Gulch, thoughts filter back to the days of Gulch’s best runner, Thunder Gulch.
Thunder Gulch, who won the 1994 Remsen, won the following year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) at 11/4 miles and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at 11/2 miles. He was an easy choice for 3-year-old champion male.
Another plus in Court Vision’s favor when it comes to future success is that like Thunder Gulch, Court Vision also is out of a Storm Bird mare.
WinStar already knows what it is like to look to the future with a Remsen winner. Bluegrass Cat, the 2005 Remsen winner and a WinStar homebred, ran second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, Belmont, and Travers, and captured the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at the Remsen distance. He is being readied for his second year at stud at WinStar near Versailles, Ky. He stands for $50,000.
Two years before Bluegrass Cat’s Remsen success, WinStar had enjoyed success as a breeder with Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and was voted 3-year-old champion male.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, Court Vision is the second stakes winner from Weekend Storm. The mare’s second foal, Garcia Marquez, was a group II winner overseas.
Weekend Storm, who was unraced, is from one of racing’s premier female families. She is out of 1992 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise and thus a half-sister to 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and 1990 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall. A.P. Indy stands at Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, which is where Summer Squall stood before being pensioned. Gulch also stands at Lane’s End.
Court Vision was sold at auction before he began his racing career for WinStar. Consigned by Lane’s End’s as agent to the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale, he was bought for $180,000 by Whitehorse Stables. This year, he was purchased for $350,000 by Las Olas Racing at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training from Scanlon Training Center, agent.
Weekend Storm’s yearling filly by Smart Strike sold for $350,000 to bloodstock agent Mike Ryan at this year’s Keeneland September sale. She was consigned as agent by Lane’s End. Weekend Storm produced a City Zip colt in May and was not bred back.
Gulch has sired 66 stakes winners, including five other stakes winners of 2007. Gulch’s 2007 fee at Lane’s End was $30,000. It will be $20,000 in 2008.—D.S.