|BESSEMER TRUST BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE|
3rd at 2BESSEMER TRUST BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE
(gr. I , 8.5f , to Midshipman, Square Eddie, defeating Terrain, Pioneerof the Nile, West Side Bernie, Gallant Son, Silent Valor, Azul Leon, Munnings, Bushranger (IRE), Mine That Bird ).
The 2-year-old colt Midshipman, who bears the name of a person in training for a naval commission, obviously has learned his lessons well. The colt by UnbridledÕs Song went to the head of his class when he captured the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He also sports a victory in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) and a runner-up effort in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I).
Midshipman, owned by Sheikh MohammedÕs Darley, is the second BreedersÕ Cup winner sired by UnbridledÕs Song. Seven years ago, UnbridledÕs SongÕs daughter, Unbridled Elaine, won the 2001 Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Since then, another of UnbridledÕs SongÕs daughters, Octave, acquitted herself well in the BreedersÕ Cup, finishing second in the 2006 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and third in the 2007 Emirates Airline Distaff.
Bred in Kentucky by Robert and Janice McNairÕs Stonerside Stable, Midshipman formerly raced for Stonerside before the McNairs sold their 2,000-acre Stonerside near Paris, Ky., and all their horses save one (graded winner Cowboy Cal) to Sheikh Mohammed. Also included in the deal was the Stonerside training center near Aiken, S.C.
Stonerside also is the breeder of this yearÕs BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner RavenÕs Pass, who won the 25th running of the event for Sheikh MohammedÕs wife, Princess Haya. RavenÕs Pass, whose Classic triumph came in track-record time, also initially raced for Stonerside.
MidshipmanÕs first start was a winning one for Stonerside at Del Mar Aug. 17. His victory in the Sept. 3 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), which he won by a nose, came also under Stonerside silks.
Stonerside played a major part in breeding and racing since entering the sport in 1994. Alone and in partnership, the outfit bred and/or raced 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus and 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Touch Gold, plus such other grade I winners as Bob and John, Country Star, Congaree, The CliffÕs Edge, Tout Charmant, Caffe Latte, and Chilukki. The last-named was voted 1999 champion 2-year-old filly.
UnbridledÕs Song, winner of the 1995 BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile, has ranked as one of North AmericaÕs best and most popular sires for years. Following the 2001 death of his sire, champion and Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled, he has served as the cross bearer for that branch of the Mr. Prospector/Fappiano sire line.
Midshipman is the second stakes winner from the grade II-winning Avenue of Flags mare Fleet Lady. Bred in California by John and Betty Mabee, Fleet Lady maintained a steady diet of California stakes in her three years of racing for the MabeesÕ Golden Eagle Farm.
Three of her stakes wins came in consecutive fashion. Fleet Lady won the 1997 Andestine Handicap by 10 lengths at Golden Gate Fields, and then the El Encino (gr. II) and La Canada (gr. II) Stakes at Santa Anita in 1998. Overall, she won six stakes and placed in three others, including the Milady BreedersÕ Cup Handicap (gr. I), on her way to earning $631,190. She was voted CaliforniaÕs champion 3-year-old filly of 1997 and champion older female at 4.
MidshipmanÕs female family also provides plenty of black-type success further back. MidshipmanÕs third dam, Carnival Princess, is a half-sister to Italian classic winner and two-time champion Carnauba; to graded stakes winners Pink Tights and Hey Rube; and to stakes winner King of Mardi Gras.
Carnival Princess is the dam of stakes winner Salse, who was named a champion in France before becoming a successful sire. His big win came in the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I). Carnival PrincessÕ daughter, Carnival Delight, is the dam of War Monger, who is a multiple stakes winner and grade I stakes-placed. War Monger, by War Chant, ran seventh in the Oct. 25 BreedersÕ Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Following her racing career, Fleet Lady was acquired privately by Stonerside. Her first foal, Fast Cookie, became a graded stakes winner for the outfit. By Deputy Minister, Fast Cookie won the 2003 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) and a division of the 2004 De La Rose Stakes.
UnbridledÕs Song has moved up to 10th on the 2008 leading sires list, with progeny earnings of $6.7 million. He is represented this year by 14 stakes winners, including fellow grade I winners First Defence and Thorn Song, both BreedersÕ Cup participants. His graded winners this year also include the ill-fated Eight Belles, who ran second in the Kentucky Derby.
Fleet Lady and about 60 other mares now owned by Darley will remain at the former Stonerside property. Her two youngest foals are a yearling colt by Ghostzapper and a weanling filly by Distorted Humor. Fleet Lady is in foal to Empire Maker. By David Schmitz
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