3rd at 2SANFORD S.
(gr. II , 6f , to Desert Party, Officer Ipod, defeating Phosphorescent ).
Trainer Eoin Harty helped Saratoga Race Course get its party started July 24 by unveiling Desert Party on the second day of the 36-day meet in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II). The $142,500 race for 2-year-olds was run over a track listed as ÒmuddyÓ following heavy rains on the opening day card.
Desert Party, owned by Sheikh MohammedÕs Darley Stable, was an easy winner of the Sanford despite being squeezed early on, drawing clear in deep stretch. In his lone start coming into his stakes debut, Desert Party made short work of a field of maiden special weight runners going 41Ú2 furlongs at Arlington Park June 22.
ÒThis coltÕs biggest asset is his turn of foot,Ó Harty said. ÒI told (jockey) Edgar (Prado) not to hustle him away from there; to give him a chance (so when) you call on him, he can run for you.Ó
ÒI like the way he came back,Ó Prado said. ÒHe wasnÕt blowing too much. I like those kind of horses. He really acted like an old pro.Ó
Impressive words for a horse making just his second start.
What is also impressive is what Sheikh MohammedÕs bloodstock agent, John Ferguson, paid for Desert Party in February. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent, at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-olds in training sale, Desert Party fetched a final bid of $2.1 million. It was a pinhooking homerun for Paul Pompa Jr., the co-owner of dual classic winner Big Brown, as he had purchased the son of Street Cry out of book 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2007 for $425,000. He made the buy through Hidden Brook, agent from the consignment of Sinatra Thoroughbreds and Wayward Wind Farms.
The Sanford winner was bred in Kentucky by David Smith and Steven Sinatra and was raised at Fergus GalvinÕs Hunter Valley Farm near Versailles, Ky. Sage Cat, dam of Desert Party, aborted her E Dubai foal earlier this year but is in foal to Ghostzapper on a February cover. The daughter of 1994 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) winner Tabasco Cat was bred by TabascoÕs CatÕs co-owner, the late David P. Reynolds.
Street Cry is the sire of 19 stakes winners and five other added-money winners in 2008 including grade I winners Zenyatta and Street Boss, winner of the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar July 27. Street Cry stands at Darley near Lexington where his 2008 fee was $100,000.ÑE.I.H
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