|FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH S.|
3rd at 3FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH S.
(gr. II , 9f , to Cool Coal Man, Elysium Fields, defeating Z Humor, Golden Spikes, Halo Najib, Kentucky Bear, Anak Nakal, Adriano, Ready Set, Make the Point, Monba ).
Owner Robert V. LaPenta and trainer Nick Zito experienced a huge day Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park with a pair of 3-year-old colts. Cool Coal Man, by Mineshaft, won the day’s biggest race, the $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at 11/8 miles. Later on the card, War Pass, last year’s champion 2-year-old male, captured a mile allowance race in his 3-year-old debut. War Pass, who scored at odds of 1-20 by 71/2 lengths, recorded a 102 Beyer Speed Figure, winning in 1:36.38.
The Fountain of Youth, run in 1:49.53, was Cool Coal Man’s first stakes victory. Cool Coal Man opened the season with an allowance win Jan. 26 at Gulfstream.
As a 2-year-old, Cool Coal Man won a maiden race by 101/4 lengths in his third start and then an allowance event by 21/4 lengths. He finished unplaced in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in his final start of the year.
Cool Coal Man was bred in Kentucky by a partnership that included William S. Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr. Irrevocable Trust. Farish stands Mineshaft at his Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Mineshaft was 2003 Horse of the Year as a homebred for Farish, James Elkins, and W.T. Webber Jr.
LaPenta, a Connecticut businessman, bought Cool Coal Man for $200,000 in the name of his Whitehorse Stables at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. Lane’s End consigned as agent.
The following year, Cool Coal Man went through the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent, he failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $850,000.
In addition to War Pass, whose championship season closed with a victory in last year’s Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), LaPenta has campaigned earlier graded stakes winners Andromeda’s Hero, Awesome Time, Pies Prospect, and The Cliff’s Edge. The last-named won the 2004 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Farish is off to a good start this year as a breeder, with four other stakes winners bred in partnership. The group includes graded winners Grasshopper and Wait a While, who was 2006 champion 3-year-old filly. Grasshopper, who races for Farish and partners, won the Feb. 9 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Cool Coal Man’s dam, Coral Sea, is the dam of additional stakes winner Kathleens Reel. Coral Sea is in foal to Pleasantly Perfect for this year and is booked to Mineshaft. Pleasantly Perfect stands at Lane’s End.
Mineshaft, who ranks second on the second-crop sires list by progeny earnings, is the sire of 2007 stakes winner La Mina. Mineshaft’s fee at Lane’s End is $75,000.—D.S.
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