Gulfstream Park Turf H. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 9f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Gulch Weekend Storm , by Storm Bird
BKilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, KY.; OIEAH Stables, Resolute Group Stables and Winstar Farm LLC; TRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Never On Sunday (FR)
Sunday Break (JPN) Hexane (FR) , by Kendor (FR)
BS.C.E.A. Des Prairies, FR.; ODaniel-Yves Treves; TPatrick L. Biancone
Le Grand Cru
(DK B/ h,
Dynaformer Ice the Champagne , by El Gran Senor
BEarle I. Mack, KY.; OJudson L. Streicher; TH. Allen Jerkens
After Court Vision finished third in the 2009 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), his connections envisioned a victory for the horse in the 2010 running of the 11Ú8-mile contest.
The 5-year-old son of Gulch didnÕt disappoint. When Starlight PartnersÕ Take the Points was disqualified due to impeding YateÕs Black Cat, Court Vision was declared the winner of the $300,000 contest, which boosted his lifetime earnings to more than $1.7 million.
Richard Dutrow Jr. trains Court Vision for IEAH, who races him with John RobertsÕ Resolute Group Stables and Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm.
In partnership with others, IEAH has campaigned champions Big Brown, Stardom Bound, and Benny the Bull. WinStarÕs best runners over the years include such grade I victors as Spring At Last, Bluegrass Cat, Colonel John, Any Given Saturday, and Dubai champion Well Armed.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and Jeanie KilroyÕs Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, Court Vision was a $180,000 purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The next year the dark bay was acquired for $350,000 by Las Olas Racing at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-olds in training 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 champion racehorse and sire A.P. Indy and grade I-winning millionaire Summer Squall. A.P. Indy will stand the 2010 season for $150,000 at Will FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Summer Squall, who was euthanized in 2009 due to the infirmities of old age, formerly stood at the farm.
Weekend Storm was produced from 1992 Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise (by Secretariat), who is a half-sister to European champion Wolfhound (by Nureyev); Charming Lassie (by Seattle Slew), the dam of champion Lemon Drop Kid (by Kingmambo); and LassieÕs Lady (by Alydar), the granddam of multiple European champion Duke of Marmalade (by Danehill).
Court Vision is a full brother to $1.4-million yearling Kipling and Hong Kong group winner Garcia Marquez. His other siblings include graded stakes winner Smart Surprise (by Smart Strike) and stakes winner Lord Snowdon (by Seeking the Gold).
Weekend Storm died of foaling complications after delivering another full brother to Court Vision last February. The foal survived and is doing well, according to LaneÕs End officials.
Gulch is the sire of 71 stakes winners. Gulch, who stood the 2009 season for $20,000 at LaneÕs End, was pensioned at the end of the year due to declining fertility.ÑE.M.