San Rafael S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

THE PAMPLEMOUSSE (GR/RO h, 116 lb) $60,000
Kafwain —Comfort Zone , by Rubiano
B—Clarkland Farm, KY.; O—Bienstock and Winner Stable, Solis, II, A., Strauss, J., Lenner, T., Davenport; T—Julio C. Canani

Square Eddie (CH h, 122 lb) $20,000
Smart Strike —Forty Gran , by El Gran Senor
B—Kinghaven Farms Limited, ON.; O—J. Paul Reddam; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Ryehill Dreamer (IRE) (B g, 119 lb) $12,000
Catcher In The Rye (IRE) —No Way (IRE) , by Rainbows for Life
B—Kilfrush Stud, IRE.; O—Marsha Naify; T—John A. Shirreffs

Margins: 2, 2¾, 6¼. Others: Brother Keith 116($6,000) , Fiddlers Afleet 116($2,000) . Winning Jockey, Alex O. Solis.

Not often in racing does a father ride a horse for a son. But thatÕs the way it was in the Jan. 17 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita when Alex Solis won the mile race aboard The Pamplemousse for a partnership that includes his son, Alex Solis II.

To be fair, the elder Solis had ridden The Pamplemousse in two of the coltÕs three previous starts. He was aboard The Pamplemousse when the son of Kafwain lost his first start and in his race right before the San Rafael. The Pamplemousse won that race, which was at Hollywood Park in December.

The Pamplemousse, who beat 3-5 favorite Square Eddie by two lengths in the San Rafael, also is owned by Jeffrey and Bill Strauss, Tom Lenner, Jeff Davenport, Tom Murray, Jess Ravich, Chuck Winner, and David Bienstock. The Strausses are the owners of the Pamplemousse Grille, located near Del Mar.

The Pamplemousse was bred in Kentucky by Fred and Nancy MitchellÕs Clarkland Farm. Located near Lexington, Clarkland, as agent, consigned The Pamplemousse to the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, where Vision Sales 2007 purchased him for $80,000. The following year Vision Sales consigned the juvenile through Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent, to the 2008 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs March sale of 2-year-olds in training, where he was bought for $150,000 by Alex Solis Bloodstock.

Clarkland bought The PamplemousseÕs dam, Comfort Zone, for $47,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from LaneÕs End, agent. Comfort Zone was in foal to Dixie Union.

To buy Comfort Zone and some other mares, the Mitchells invested funds they received from the Purchase of Development Rights. The PDR was put in use to save farm land in Central Kentucky. ÒWhat that means is Clarkland will remain farmland forever,Ó Nancy Mitchell said.

Clarkland was represented as breeder in 2008 by stakes winners Ride Em Cowgirl and Apollo Dolce (in Japan). The farmÕs earlier stakes winners as breeder include graded winners Sierra Diablo, Classic Toli, and My Great Love. The last two were multiple graded stakes winners in Puerto Rico.

Comfort ZoneÕs youngest offspring is a Stormy Atlantic yearling filly. Comfort Zone is not in foal and is booked to HarlanÕs Holiday.

Kafwain has sired seven stakes winners, including three in 2008. Kafwain stands at Alfred Nuckols Jr.Õs Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. His 2009 fee is $6,500.ÑD.S