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(gr. II , 9f , to Kensei, defeating Charitable Man, Flat Bold, Convocation, Saratoga Sinner ).
Gulf Coast Farms homebred Kensei started out an amazing weekend for co-owner Stonestreet Stables with his second straight graded victory in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Owned by California vintner Jess Jackson, Stonestreet also captured the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park with its star filly Rachel Alexandra, who once again defeated a field of males. Steve Asmussen also had a stellar weekend, as he trains both Rachel Alexandra and Kensei, plus Soul Warrior, winner of the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.
Stonestreet bought Kensei, whose name means ÒJapanese warrior,Ó for $300,000 at last yearÕs Barretts May 2-year-old sale from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent. Bailey and Lance RobinsonÕs Gulf Coast stayed in as partners, and so far, the group has reaped considerable success with Kensei, a winner of four of seven races.
The son of Mr. Greeley captured the July 4 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park prior to the Jim Dandy, along with placing in two other graded stakes this year. He has career earnings of $528,628.
Gulf Coast purchased KenseiÕs dam Private Feeling (by Belong to Me) for $130,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale. In foal to Grand Slam, she was consigned by LaneÕs End, agent.
ÒWe liked her as an individualÑthis mare has a great shoulder, head, and neck,Ó said Bailey, who with his wife, Leslie, manages Gulf Coast Farms near Ocala, Fla. ÒGrand Slam always has a certain amount of popularity, and we bought (Private Feeling) for a reasonable amount of money.Ó
Private Feeling is a half-sister to group II winner Ring My Bell (in Jamaica) and to the grade III-winning Lord Avie mare Grand Charmer, who produced Flirtatious (by A.P. Indy), the dam of champion filly Wait a While.
Private FeelingÕs 2-year-old Smart Strike colt Lookin At Lucky was consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent, to the 2009 Keeneland April 2-year-old sale. Bought for $475,000 by Mike Pegram, the colt won first time out for Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park July 11. Private Feeling, who is still owned by Gulf Coast, delivered an Afleet Alex colt Feb. 11.
Mr. Greeley is the sire of 46 stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money winners Mr Gruff (gr. IIIT) and Merle T. Mr. Greeley stands for $75,000 at Graham and Antony BeckÕs Gainesway Farm near Lexington.ÑE.M.
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