Three Chimneys Hopeful S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

DUBLIN (CH h, 120 lb) $180,000
Afleet Alex —Classy Mirage , by Storm Bird
B—Gerry Dilger, KY.; O—Baker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Aspire (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $60,000
Tale of the Cat —Mamselle Nanette , by Southern Halo
B—Gary & Mary West Stables Inc., KY.; O—West, Gary and Mary; T—Eddie Kenneally

Aikenite (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $30,000
Yes It's True —Silverlado , by Saint Ballado
B—Brylynn Farm, Inc., FL.; O—Dogwood Stable; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: 2, 1½, ½. Others: Backtalk 120($15,000) , Westover Wildcat 120($9,000) , Grand Slam Andre 120($858) , Overlap 120($858) , Liston 120($858) , One Note Samba 120($858) , Flatter Than Me 120($858) , Enumerate 120($858) , Prince Rooney 120($852) . Winning Jockey, Jamie Theriot.

Robert Baker and William MackÕs Dublin put on quite a show Sept. 7 at Saratoga while winning the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The son of Afleet Alex stumbled at the start but was able to rally with a wide move to win impressively by two lengths against 11 rivals in the first East Coast grade I event for 2-year-old males.

Dublin is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, who knows a thing or two about winning the Hopeful. Dublin joins Deposit Ticket (1990), Salt Lake (Õ91), Hennessy (Õ95), High Yield (Õ99), and Yonaguska (Õ00) as Hopeful-winning colts conditioned by the Hall of Famer.

Lukas picked out Dublin during the second day of last yearÕs Keeneland September yearling sale. From the consignment of Dromoland Farm, agent, Baker and Mack paid $525,000 for the colt.

Baker and Mack have had a long history of racing top-level Thoroughbreds with Lukas at the helm, including grade I winner Scorpion and 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Proud Citizen.

Classy Mirage, the dam of the Hopeful winner, was a top sprinter in New York in the mid 1990s. A four-time grade II winner, she also landed the 1995 Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga over eventual older female champion Inside Information. The Ballerina and Hopeful are both at seven furlongs.

Bred and raced by Joe and William Stavola, Classy Mirage was consigned to the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale by Brookdale Sales, agent. Dromoland Farm signed the ticket for the then 14-year-old mare, in foal to Awesome Again at the time, for $290,000. Dromoland Farm, located just north of Lexington, is owned and operated by Gerry Dilger. The Hopeful winner was bred by Dilger and Peter E. Blum. Together they have also bred 2008 stakes winner Zigaree. Blum is best known as the breeder of five-time grade I winner Devil His Due and 1998 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Well Chosen, the dam of 2009 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Telling.

Classy Mirage delivered a filly by Half Ours March 29. She has been bred to Dromoland-based sire Eurosilver for the 2010 season.

Dublin is the first stakes winner for first-crop sire Afleet Alex. The winner of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I) and the champion 3-year-old male of 2005, Afleet Alex stands at the Beck familyÕs Gainesway Farm near Lexington. His 2009 fee was $20,000.ÑE.I.H.