Won at 3SUPER DERBY
(gr. II , 9f , defeating Macho Again, Forest Command, Golden Yank, Stungbythestorm, Real Appeal, Mambo Meister, King Darius, Numismatist, Star Production ).
After runner-up finishes in two graded stakes earlier this year, My Pal Charlie got his own day in the sun, winning the $515,000 Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Louisiana Downs. The Al Stall Jr. trainee stalked the pace and looked like a world beater, powering clear in the stretch to a 41Ú4-length victory. His time of 1:48.36 for the nine furlongs was just .22 off the track record for the distance.
My Pal Charlie is out of Shahalo, a Halo mare with an interesting production record. Remarkably, each of her seven foals to race are either a complete hit or, for lack of a better term, a complete miss. Three are non-winners. The other four are stakes horses, with three being graded winners.
In addition to My Pal Charlie, Shahalo also has his full brother Bwana Charlie. The son of Indian Charlie won the 2004 Amsterdam (gr. II) and Lafayette (gr. III) Stakes. He also placed in four other added-money events and now stands at Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla. His first foals are yearlings of 2008.
The third of ShahaloÕs graded winners is Bwana Bull, a son of Holy Bull and winner of last yearÕs El Camino Real (gr. III) and California Derbys. ShahaloÕs quartet of stakes performers is rounded out by a Marquetry filly named Ten Halos, who placed in three stakes events.
My Pal Charlie was bred in Kentucky by John R. Penn, who also bred Bwana Bull and Ten Halos. Penn sold the Super Derby winner via his Penn Sales for $300,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. The buyer was B. Wayne Hughes, in whose colors My Pal Charlie races.
Hughes, who purchased KentuckyÕs legendary Spendthrift Farm in 2004, is the founder of Public Storage. The recently-released Forbes list of richest Americans in 2008 ranks Hughes at 78th with an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion.
My Pal Charlie was one of two grade II winners Sept. 20 for Indian Charlie; the In Excess sireÕs Indian Blessing captured the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) the same day. With 38 added-money winners lifetime and 12 this year, Indian CharlieÕs other 2008 graded winners include Mr. Nightlinger (gr. IIIT) and Indyanne (gr. III). The 13-year-old Indian Charlie stands at Brereton C. JonesÕ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. His 2008 fee was $50,000.ÑJ.W.
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