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Dixie Union Grass Skirt , by Mr. Prospector
BJames Elkins, KY.; OWoodford Racing LLC; TMark E. Casse
High Yield Wakita , by Lost Code
BMonica Blakely, KY.; OCamilla Farms, Inc.; TPat Parente
Suave Prospect Society Air , by Imp Society
BManali Farm, FL.; OLawrence, E. and Partners; TGregory de Gannes
The way Turf War is running on dirt, there’s no reason to try him on turf. The 2-year-old Dixie Union colt captured the Sept. 15 Swynford Stakes on the main track at Woodbine a month after breaking his maiden at the Toronto track in his second start. Both wins came at seven furlongs.
The Swynford was the second big stakes effort for a member of Turf War’s female family recently. Turf War’s older full brother, Grasshopper, ran second to Street Sense in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, beaten a half-length.
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish, E.J. Hudson Jr., and James Elkins, Turf War races for Woodford Racing, a partnership founded and managed by Farish’s son, Bill. The elder Farish, who campaigns Grasshopper with Hudson, stands Dixie Union at his Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Woodford Racing, in only its second year, and ranks third on the 2007 Woodbine list of leading owners, with earnings of more than $1 million. The outfit is represented this year by additional stakes winners Approval Rating, Legal Move, Quiet Action, and Silky Smooth. The day after the Swynford, 2-year-old Briarwood Circle ran second in the Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine in the Woodford silks.
“The partnership consists of Bill with some friends and some new people in racing,” said trainer Mark Casse. “Bill has done so much to help people get started in the sport in the right way.”
Casse bought Turf War for $100,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale from Lane’s End, agent. He ranks first on the Woodbine trainer’s lists by winners, with more than 50, and earnings, with more than $3.6 million.
Casse’s father, Norman Casse, also experienced a big thrill the day of the Swynford when Lear’s Princess beat leading 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches in the Gazelle Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Casse had bought Lear’s Princess for $60,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September sale and sold her for $110,000 through Moonshadow Farm, agent, at the 2006 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training to West Point Thoroughbreds.
Turf War’s dam, Grass Skirt, is the dam of earlier stakes winner Straw Hat, who is a full brother to Turf War and Grasshopper. Straw Hat won the 2005 Black Gold Handicap at Fair Grounds for the elder Farish in partnership with Hudson and Elkins.
Grass Skirt produced a Medallist colt this year. She is back in foal to Dixie Union.
Mark Casse, who called Turf War a “big, strong colt,” is thinking two turns with Turf War. “Grasshopper got better went he went around two turns, and Turf War figures to do the same,” he said.
Turf War might run next in the Oct. 8 Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes (Can-III) at 11¼16 miles at Woodbine.
Dixie Union has sired 15 stakes winners, including additional 2007 stakes winners Most Distinguished (gr. II) and Rebel Yeller. Dixie Union’s 2007 fee at Lane’s End was $50,000.—D.S.