|THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL S.|
3rd at 2THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL S.
(gr. I , 7f , to Vineyard Haven, Cribnote, defeating Break Water Edison, Notonthesamepage, Desert Party, Medaglia d'Onore, Cognito ).
Vineyard Haven won the yearÕs first grade I stakes for 2-year-old males and in the process became the initial U.S. stakes winner sired by grade I winner Lido Palace.
Trained and co-owned by Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, Vineyard Haven led at every call to take the Sept. 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) by 21Ú4 lengths over Cribnote at Saratoga.
Vineyard Haven was bred in Florida by Florida conditioner Lynne M. Scace and privately acquired by Frankel after he won a maiden race by 41Ú4 lengths June 28 at Calder Race Course in his first start.
Frankel races Vineyard Haven with Louis Lazzinnaro and the Diamond Pride stable of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Diamond PrideÕs other stakes winners, all in partnership, include 2005 QueenÕs Plate Stakes winner Wild Desert.
Scace, a successful Calder trainer for years, campaigns Vineyard HavenÕs older half-brother On the Vineyard. The homebred colt, winner of the 2007 Collegian Stakes at Suffolk Downs, is in training at Calder. Scace also is the breeder and trainer of additional 2007 stakes winner Roman Candles.
Frankel might run Vineyard Haven next in the Oct. 4 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. If Vineyard Haven wins, he will become the first to complete the Hopeful/Champagne double since First Samurai, who won both in 2005. The last to do so before him was subsequent divisional champion Dehere in 1993.
A trainer since the 1960s, Scace started in the breeding part of the business in New England in the early 1980s. She later moved to Florida, where she owns 60-acre Double S Farm near Ocala.
Vineyard HavenÕs dam, Princess Aloha, has experienced difficulties after producing the Hopeful winner. She slipped foals two consecutive years and currently is not in foal.
Despite the setbacks, Scace feels a special attraction to the homebred mare and would never sell her.
ÒI remember the good old days with her when I hauled her around, and we went to Saratoga, Belmont, and Monmouth,Ó she said.
Princess Aloha won by eight lengths at Monmouth and was an allowance winner at Saratoga in the late 1990s.
Scace said there was no major reason why she choose Lido Palace as a mate for Princess Aloha other than she liked his race record and his presence. Scace makes it a habit to check out the stallions entering stud in Florida each year.
Lido Palace, a Horse of the Year in his native Chile, was based his last two years in the U.S. and was a three-time grade I winner. One of those wins came in the 2001 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.
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.
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