Kentucky Jockey Club S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

BEETHOVEN (B h, 122 lb) $99,994
Sky Mesa —Moonlight Sonata , by Carson City
B—Deerbrook Racing, Inc., KY.; O—John C. Oxley; T—John T. Ward, Jr.

Giant Oak (CH h, 122 lb) $32,256
Giant's Causeway —Crafty Oak , by Crafty Prospector
B—Virginia H. Tarra Trust, IL.; O—Virginia H. Tarra Trust; T—Chris M. Block

Capt. Candyman Can (B g, 122 lb) $16,128
Candy Ride (ARG) —Stormy Way , by Storm Creek
B—Lantern Hill Farm LLC, Joseph Rauch & David Zell, KY.; O—Rauch, Joseph and Zell, David; T—Ian R. Wilkes

Margins: neck, neck, 6. Others: Zion 122($8,064) , Stormalory 122($4,838) , Jazzandthemagician 122($1,680) , Coal Baron 122($1,680) , Star of David 122($1,680) , Big Surf 122($1,680) . Winning Jockey, Calvin H. Borel.

Beethoven made his first foray into stakes company a successful one as he defeated Giant Oak by a neck in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 29. It was the 2-year-old Sky Mesa coltÕs third win in five starts.

John Ward trains Beethoven, who made his first start at Churchill before breaking his maiden at Turfway Park Sept. 13. After finishing third by a head in an allowance race at Keeneland Oct. 4, the colt won in allowance company at Churchill Nov. 1 before taking on stakes competition.

ÒI told racing secretary Ben Huffman before this race one thing theyÕll have to say about him is that he has had three different races over this racetrack, and there is no other horse in the country who is going to get another try before the (Kentucky) Derby (gr. I),Ó said Ward.

Ward trains Beethoven for John Oxley. In 2001, they teamed up to win the Run for the Roses with Monarchos.

Oxley bought Beethoven for $300,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale from Four Star Sales, agent. The bay colt had originally sold to B.T.A. Stable, agent, for $235,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale from James Keogh, agent.

Deerbrook Racing bred Beethoven in Kentucky, and appropriately enough, the colt is out of the grade III-winning Carson City mare Moonlight Sonata. The bay mare was bred by Woodbridge Farm and won the 2002 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) for her breeder before she was sold privately to Deerbrook.

Beethoven is the first foal out of Moonlight Sonata, who has a yearling Dixieland Band filly named Southern Sonata and a weanling colt by Bernardini. The 8-year-old mare was entered but withdrawn from the recent Keeneland November mixed sale. She is in foal to Bernardini.

Sky Mesa is the sire of seven stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winners Sky Diva (gr .I), Skylighter (gr. II), Storm Mesa (gr. IIT), Terrain (gr. III), Sky Haven, and Sky Mystic. The 8-year-old son of Pulpit will stand at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., for $30,000 in 2009.ÑA.H.D