Shadwell Turf Mile S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 8f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Gulch Weekend Storm , by Storm Bird
BKilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, KY.; OIEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Bertrando Leaning Tower , by Theatrical (IRE)
BGreen Lantern Stables, KY.; OGreen Lantern Stables LLC; TGeorge R. Arnold, II
Storm Cat Tomisue's Delight , by A.P. Indy
BHilbert Thoroughbreds, Inc., KY.; OCircle E Racing; TWilliam I. Mott
Court Vision continued to represent his royally-bred family well when he narrowly defeated Karelian in the Oct. 10 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT) and in the process gave IEAH Stables its second grade I victory of the afternoon.
It was the 4-year-old son of GulchÕs first victory since winning the 2008 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).
Richard Dutrow Jr. trains Court Vision for IEAH, who races the colt with John RobertsÕ Resolute Group Stables. In partnership with others, IEAH, headed by Mike Iavarone, campaigns other 2009 grade I victors Kip Deville, I Want Revenge, Stardom Bound, and Diamondrella, who took the First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland the same day Court Vision won the Shadwell Turf Mile.
Court Vision, who has prevailed in four other graded stakes, was co-owned by Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm until Resolute Stables privately acquired a share prior to the Shadwell Turf Mile and he was moved from the barn of Bill Mott to DutrowÕs stable.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and Jeanie KilroyÕs Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, Court Vision was first bought for $180,000 by Whitehorse Stables at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale from LaneÕs End, agent.
In 2007 the dark bay or brown colt was acquired for $350,000 by Las Olas Racing at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-old sale from Scanlon Training Center, agent.
Court Vision was produced from the Storm Bird mare Weekend Storm, who is a half- or full sister to four stakes winners, the most well-known of which are Horse of the Year and two-time leading sire A.P. Indy and classic winner Summer Squall. A.P. Indy stood the 2009 season at Will FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm. Summer Squall, who was euthanized last month due to the infirmities of old age, also formerly stood at the Versailles, Ky.-based farm.
Weekend Storm was produced from 1992 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise (by Secretariat), who is a half-sister to European champion Wolfhound (by Nureyev), and champion producer Charming Lassie (by Seattle Slew), the dam of Lemon Drop Kid (by Kingmambo).
Weekend StormÕs first foal, Kipling, was a $1.4 million yearling. Her other offspring include Hong Kong group winner Garcia Marquez, a full brother to Court Vision, plus graded stakes winner Smart Surprise (by Smart Strike), stakes winner Lord Snowdon (by Seeking the Gold), and two stakes-placed runners.
Weekend Storm produced a full brother to Court Vision Feb. 11, after which she died of foaling complications. The foal survived and is doing well, according to LaneÕs End officials.
Gulch is the sire of 71 stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money winner Vanquisher, who took the Feb. 7 Tallahassee Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Gulch stood the 2009 season for $20,000 at LaneÕs End.ÑE.M.