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(gr. III , 7f , defeating Get My Fix, Seattle Ruler, Macias, Indian Firewater, Tribal Face, Pico Pico, Purse Luva ).
American Lion put forth a ferocious effort in his stakes debut in order to stamp his ticket for the Dec. 19 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park, which is known as an early stepping stone for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Though still displaying some of the qualities of inexperience, the lightly raced bay colt prevailed by a half-length over Get My Fix in the Nov. 21 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III).
Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm owns American Lion. The farm bred him in Kentucky in partnership with Dr. William Lockridge.
The juvenile son of WinStar Farm stallion Tiznow finished second in his career debut in September at Arlington Park, then drew away to a 63Ú4-length victory in his second start at Keeneland Oct. 18.
American Lion began his career with trainer Richard Budge, for whom he made his first start, and then was shipped to the barn of Eoin Harty.
Located near Versailles, Ky., WinStar has raced five other stakes winners this year in addition to American Lion, including graded victors Advice and Hold Me Back (bred in partnership). As breeders alone or in partnership with others, the operation is also represented by 2009 graded winners Girolamo, Rendezvous, and Witty.
Casner and Troutt, who are both residents of Texas, keep a band of approximately 100 broodmares and stand six stallions at WinStar. Troutt founded Excel Communications, a long-distance telephone service and communications company. Casner founded and still owns B & R Equipment, a heavy equipment company.
American Lion was produced from the winning Storm Cat mare Storm Tide. A half- and full sister to two stakes winners, Storm Tide is a daughter of grade I victor City Band (by Carson City).
Lockridge, a Central Kentucky farm developer, breeder, bloodstock adviser, and retired veterinarian, bought Storm Tide for $200,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Overbrook Farm through Eaton Sales, agent, she was in foal to Cape Town.
The mare was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, to the same sale last year, where she was acquired for $155,000 by Austin and Brenda Paul. Storm Tide was carrying a full sibling to American Lion at the time of the sale. That foal, a filly, was born April 4 and was bred in Ontario by David AndersonÕs Anderson Farms.
American Lion also has a yearling full brother, who was a $40,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase this year.
Tiznow is the sire of 23 stakes winners. Among his nine added-money winners of 2009 are grade/group I victors Bullsbay and Well Armed. Tiznow stood the 2009 season for $75,000 at WinStar and will stand for the same fee in 2010.ÑE.M.
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