Oak Tree Derby (gr. II)
(gr. IIT , 9f ,)
(DK B/ g,
Najran Because I Can , by Farma Way
BHopewell Investments LLC, KY.; OBone, Robert, Johnson, Don, Trontz, Richard S., Brewer Racing Stable and Robinso; TMike Puype
Mizzen Mast Passion Flower , by Deputy Minister
BMr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; OMoss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.; TJohn A. Shirreffs
Dixie Union Mini Chat , by Deputy Minister
BHerman Sarkowsky, KY.; OSarkowsky, Herman and Wygod, Pam and Martin; TRichard E. Mandella
Margins: neck, ½, ½. Others: Ghetto (GB) 118($9,000) , Gallon 120($3,000) , Deal Making 118 , Tres Borrachos 122 , Nownownow 118 , Woodland Flood 118 , Moral Compass 120 , Pearl Fisher 118 , Rumba Along 118 , Blue Exit 118 , Trevor's Clever 118 . Winning Jockey, David Romero Flores.
Muny took the lead early in the Oct. 25 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT), and held off a late bid by Madeo to earn his first stakes win in the final race of BreedersÕ Cup day at Santa Anita Park.
ÒHe went out on his own and we were pretty happy that he held on,Ó said breeder and co-owner Rick Trontz. ÒIt looked like Madeo was going to pass him and he saw him and just dug in and he wasnÕt going to let him pass.Ó
This was MunyÕs third consecutive win this year, and the 3-year-old Najran geldingÕs only off-the-board race was his debut in June. He went on to break his maiden and set a track record at Del Mar six weeks later.
Trontz is the owner of Hopewell Farm, located near Midway, Ky. He sold 50% of his interest in Muny after his maiden race to partners Bob Bone, Don Johnson, Jim Robinson, and Ron ÒYogiÓ Brewer. Trontz consigned Muny to the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale but bought him back for $18,000. Trontz did not race Muny as a 2-year-old.
ÒI usually just break them and turn them out,Ó Trontz said. ÒI think it is better for the horses to give them time.Ó
MunyÕs dam, the Farma Way mare Because I Can, was not a winner; however, her dam, Kryptonic (by Bionic Light), was a stakes winner. Kryptonic won two stakes and placed in two others at age 5.
Kryptonic went on to produce five winners including Galloping Gael (by Lost Code), who won three stakes, also at age 5, and placed in seven others throughout his career.
Because I Can is kept at Hopewell Farm and she has produced three foals including Muny. Her 4-year-old Crafty Friend filly, Crafty Melissa, is also a winner. Her most recent foal is a weanling full sister to Muny. Trontz said Because I Can is not in foal, and he is unsure who he will breed her to for the next season.
Second-crop sire Najran is the sire of three stakes winners, including other 2008 added-money winners Sky Cape (gr. IIT) and Sulky Lady (in Canada). Najran stood the 2008 season at Hopewell Farm for a fee of $7,500.ÑK.B.