3rd at 3VOSBURGH S.
(gr. I , 6f , to Black Seventeen, Fabulous Strike, defeating Rockerfeller, J Be K, Lucky Island (ARG), First Defence ).
Black Seventeen scored the second added-money victory of his career when he defeated Fabulous Strike by a head in the Sept. 27 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Sent off as the longest shot in the field at odds of 23-1, Black Seventeen had not won a race of any kind since the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) in July of 2007. Ankle problems kept him from competing again until June of this year.
In his three 2008 outings prior to the Vosburgh, Black Seventeen was second in the Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and the PirateÕs Bounty Handicap at Del Mar. He also finished fifth in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Trainer Brian Koriner, a member of the partnership that owns Black Seventeen, bought the colt for $150,000 from Paul Sharp, agent, at the 2006 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs February select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Bred in Florida by Marilyn Lewis and Robert and Saronda Smith, Black Seventeen had been through the auction ring two times previously. In 2004, M H Thoroughbreds purchased the colt for $35,000 from the SmithsÕ Wesfield Sales, agent, at the OBS October mixed sale. The following year, Sharp, as agent, bought Black Seventeen for $50,000 from Francis and Barbara VanlangendonckÕs Summerfield consignment at the OBS August yearling auction.
Death Duties (by Rockefella), the fourth dam of Black Seventeen, finished second in the 1966 Blue Seal Stakes in England. She was a full sister to Richer, who won the 1952 Cambridgeshire Handicap in England, and Marshal Pil, who triumphed in the 1959 Lincolnshire Handicap in England. Eulogy (by Speak John), the third dam of the Vosburgh winner, produced Amerockatina (by Roundhouse), who won once and was third in the 1980 Shamrock Stakes in this country.
Is It True is the sire of Black Seventeen and 28 additional stakes winners. The stallionÕs other 2008 added-money winners are Absolutely True and Magnus One. A son of Raja Baba, BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Is It True stood at Walmac Farm near Lexington prior to his death of an apparent heart attack in February of 2007.ÐD.B.B.
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