3rd at 3PENNSYLVANIA DERBY
(gr. II , 9f , to Anak Nakal, Acai, defeating Stones River, Atoned, Tiz Now Tiz Then, Two Step Salsa, You and I Forever, Alaazo, Only for Now, Ready Set, Numaany, Wishful Tomcat ).
Based on his first three starts, Anak NakalÕs connections always knew the Victory Gallop colt had the potential to be a top member of his crop. But this year at 3, it took seven starts for him to find the winnerÕs circle. When he did so Sept. 1, it was after winning the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.
Anak Nakal made three starts as a 2-year-old, breaking his maiden in his first start and then running second in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III) before winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Owned by Four Roses Thoroughbreds and trained by Nick Zito, Anak Nakal finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before running third in a deadheat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) won by DaÕ Tara, who is also trained by Zito.
Sent off at 16-1 in the Pennsylvania Derby, Anak Nakal came from off the pace to wear down Acai by a neck.
Anak Nakal was bred in Kentucky by Buckram Oak Farm, which was owned by the late Mahmoud Fustok and is now part of Jess JacksonÕs Stonestreet holdings. The farm is located on historic Old Frankfort Pike outside Lexington.
Following his death in 2006, FustokÕs horses were acquired by his friend, Kassem Nasri, who races as Four Roses.
The Pennsylvania Derby winner is out of the Quiet American mare Misk, who was bred and raced by Buckram Oak to two wins in 14 starts. Anak Nakal is her first foal to live longer than a year. The 11-year-old mare does not have a juvenile but has a yearling colt by Grand Slam and this year produced a foal by Invisible Ink that died. She was bred back to that stallion.
Misk is the last foal out of the French-bred group stakes-winning Margouillat mare Perlee, who also produced French classic winner Pearl Bracelet, by Lyphard.
As part of the reduction of stock owned by Four Roses, Misk was sold at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. She was purchased by John Fort for $150,000.
Victory Gallop has sired 27 stakes winners, including seven this year. He stood until this year at Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. Sold to the Turkish Jockey Club, he stood his first season in that country this year.-D.M.L.
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