Won at 2PILGRIM S.
( 8f , defeating Western Flyer, Chairman Now, Bricklayer, Dean's Kitten ).
Eskendereya may be a mouthful to pronounce, but his early race career indicates he could be a handful for the competition at the classic distances next year. After finishing second at 11Ú16 miles in his debut at Saratoga in September, the colt scored by 71Ú4 lengths at a mile in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park in his second start. His female family suggests ample blue sky ahead.
Breeder Sanford Robertson began with that family when he purchased EskendereyaÕs second dam, Altair, by Alydar, for $200,000 at the 1995 Keeneland November mixed sale from the consignment of Hill ÔnÕ Dale Sales Agency. Altair was carrying her first foal, EskendereyaÕs dam Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew, at the time. Altair would go on to produce Blazonry, winner of the 2003 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) and currently a California stallion, and Hippocrates, third in a division of the 2004 Oceanside Stakes. Both were by Hennessy, and both were bred by Robertson.
Aldebaran Light, also bred by Robertson, won three of five career stars, then began her broodmare duties quickly as her first foal, Balmont, a Stravinsky colt, took the 2003 Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) and the Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes (Eng-II) the same year. Balmont placed in the 2004 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) and the 2005 Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I). Aldebaran Light has a yearling filly by Henny Hughes, a weanling filly by First Samurai, and has been bred back to Henny Hughes.
EskendereyaÕs fourth dam, Queen Sucree, by Ribot, produced Cannonade, a Bold Bidder colt, who in 1974 won the 100th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) before third-place finishes in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I).
Robertson is also represented as breeder of 2009 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Acting Lady.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of Eskendereya and 70 other stakes winners. Among his 20 added-money winners of 2009 are grade I winners Swift Temper, Internallyflawless, Our Giant (in South Africa), and Ghanaati (in England). He stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., where his 2009 stud fee was $125,000.ÑL.S.
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