Won at 3HOLLYWOOD DERBY
(gr. IT , 10f , defeating Cowboy Cal, Midships, Dixie Chatter, Muny, Albahri (FR), Gio Ponti, Madeo, Sailor's Cap ).
Court Vision went from last to first and defeated Cowboy Cal by three-quarters of a length in the Nov. 30 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. With the victory, the 3-year-old Gulch colt became a grade I winner and pushed his earnings to $1,006,400.
Owned by IEAH Stables and WinStar Farm, Court Vision has found a new home since being switched to the grass. In October, the Bill Mott trainee won the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont to garner his first victory since taking the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a juvenile.
ÒHe was always a great competitor,Ó said Kenny McCarthy, MottÕs assistant. ÒI think the switch in surfaces has helped him. The grass is not so hard on him.Ó
Court Vision has competed four times in turf events. In addition to his two graded stakes wins, he finished second by a nose in the July 19 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT). Although he is excelling on the grass, Court Vision also won the 2007 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III).
William S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership bred Court Vision in Kentucky. He is out of the unraced Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm, who is a full sister to grade I winner Summer Squall and a half-sister to Horse of the Year and leading sire A.P. Indy, grade III winner Welcome Surprise, and stakes winner Eavesdropper.
Weekend Storm has been a successful broodmare in her own right. A week before the Hollywood Derby, her 4-year-old Smart Strike filly, Smart Surprise, won the Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine. She is also the dam of Garcia Marquez, a group II winner who raced in Hong Kong under the name Rainbow and Gold, and stakes winner Lord Snowdon. Garcia Marquez is a full brother to Court Vision.
Kept at FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky., Weekend Storm is in foal to Gulch.
Gulch is the sire of 70 stakes winners. Among his six added-money winners of 2008 is grade IIIT winner Demarcation. The 24-year-old son of Mr. Prospector will stand the 2009 season at LaneÕs End Farm for $20,000.ÑA.H.D.
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