Champagne S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8f ,)
Lido Palace (CHI) Princess Aloha , by Aloha Prospector
BLynne M. Scace, FL.; OFrankel, Robert J., Lazzinnaro, Louis and Diamond Pride LLC; TRobert J. Frankel
Speightstown La Comete , by Holy Bull
BGlencrest Farm LLC, KY.; OMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, Derrick; TTodd A. Pletcher
Read the Footnotes Totebook , by Notebook
BRed Diamond Stable LLC, NY.; ORed Diamond Stable; TRichard A. Violette, Jr.
Margins: 5¾, ¾, 1¾. Others: Gone Astray 122($20,000) , Hello Broadway 122($12,000) , Girolamo 122($1,600) , Brave Victory 122($1,600) , Break Water Edison 122($1,600) , A. P. Cardinal 122($1,600) , Ventana 122($1,600) . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.
Vineyard Haven stamped himself as the one to beat in the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita after cruising home to win the Oct. 4 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at a mile by 53Ú4 lengths at Belmont Park. The only problem is will he run in the championship-bearing race?
By second-crop stallion Lido Palace, Vineyard Haven will have to be supplemented to the tune of $180,000. He is owned by trainer Bobby Frankel in partnership with Louis Lazzinnaro and the Diamond Pride stable of Los Angeles DodgersÕ manager Joe Torre. Frankel said he might save Vineyard Haven for the Dec. 20 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), at $750,000, at Hollywood Park.
Vineyard Haven possesses a previous grade I win, in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, and a victory in the CashCall might be enough for him to earn championship honors despite not having a BreedersÕ Cup win.
Lido Palace himself was a star 2-year-old. The Chilean-bred runner was named divisional champion. At 3, he was voted Horse of the Year and champion male.
Lido PalaceÕs star status continued following the horseÕs importation to the United States in 2000. Campaigned by John and Jerry AmermanÕs Amerman Racing Stables and trained by Frankel, Lido Palace won the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), consecutive runnings of the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), and the Clark Handicap (gr. II).
Vineyard Haven was bred in Florida by owner/trainer Lynne M. Scace. He was privately acquired by Frankel after he won a maiden race by 41Ú4 lengths June 28 at Calder Race Course in his first start.
Scace, who owns 60-acre Double S Farm near Ocala, Fla., also won a stakes with Vineyard HavenÕs older half-brother On the Vineyard. The two half-siblings are the only stakes winners produced from any of their first five dams.
Vineyard HavenÕs dam, Princess Aloha, has experienced difficulties after producing the Champagne winner. She slipped foals two consecutive years and currently is not in foal.
Lido Palace, who is the sire of additional 2008 stakes winner Down for Double (PR-I), stands at Roy LermanÕs Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla. His 2008 fee was $5,000.ÑD.S