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Won at 3FRANK J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH S.
(gr. I , 6f , defeating Ravalo, Fleet Valid, Sacred Journey, Ah Day, Peace Chant, Roaring Lion, True Quality ).
When Vineyard Haven was born, breeder Lynne Scace said the colt, who won the Oct. 24 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) at Laurel Park, stood out in the fact that nothing seemed to faze him.
ÒYou know how some horses inevitably get in trouble no matter what they do? He was not like that,Ó said Scace, who raced and trained the colt in his first start before he was privately acquired by trainer Bobby Frankel, Louis Lazzinnaro, and Diamond Pride, and then by current owner Godolphin Racing. ÒHe was just so smart as a foal; he did everything right,Ó Scace continued. ÒHe was an easy horse to break and took everything in stride. This horse was always very professional.Ó
Now trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Vineyard Haven, a son of Lido Palace, has now finished in the money in six of seven career races, for earnings of $671,500.The sophomore sprint specialist, who was acquired by Godolphin at the end of last year, scored his last big victory during his 2-year-old campaign in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont.
Godolphin, the racing stable of the Maktoum family of Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, has had a successful year thus far. In addition to Vineyard Haven, the outfit has campaigned other 2009 grade I victors Flashing, Gayego, Music Note, Pyro, and Seventh Street.
Bred in Florida from the winning Aloha Prospector mare Princess Aloha, Vineyard Haven is a half-brother to ScaceÕs multiple stakes-winning homebred On the Vineyard, whom she also trains.
Scace also bred Princess AlohaÕs dam Prestigeous Lady, a winning daughter of Bold Josh. A trainer since the 1960s, Scarce began breeding in New England in the early 1980s. She later moved to Florida, where she owns the 60-acre Double S Farm near Ocala.
Scace bought Princess AlohaÕs second dam Salt Meadow Lady, a gray daughter of La Cimas Prince, privately in New York in 1980. ÒI like gray horses, and I was an extremely small breeder at the time, and was just looking at a couple of mares to start out with,Ó she explained. ÒI hardly knew anything about breeding at that point.Ó
Princess Aloha, who slipped her last three foals, is in foal to Heatseeker on an April 29 cover.
Lido Palace, a Horse of the Year in his native Chile and three-time grade I winner in the U.S., stood the 2009 season for $5,000 at Roy LermanÕs Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla.ÑE.M.
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