2nd at 2CHAMPAGNE S.
(gr. I , 8f , to Homeboykris, defeating Aspire, Super Saver, Dublin, Overlap ).
HomeboykrisÕ triumph in the Oct. 10 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont earned the son of Roman Ruler a spot in the Nov. 7 Grey Goose BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. But that doesnÕt mean he will definitely run in the 11Ú16-mile event.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. instead prefers to stay in New York and run in the Nov. 28 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at 11Ú8 miles at Aqueduct. ÒBut if the owners want to put up the money and go to the BreedersÕ Cup, IÕd be OK with that,Ó Dutrow said.
Homeboykris, a gelding, won the Champagne by 11Ú2 lengths over Discreetly Mine, with odds-on favorite Dublin finishing fifth in the field of six. The victory came for owners Louis Lazzinnaro, Joseph Bulger, Jack Mandato, Nick Sallusto, and Brenda Tabraue.
It has been just two years since a Champagne winner won the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile. War Pass captured both races in 2007 and was voted champion 2-year-old male. The other two Champagne/Juvenile winners are Fly So Free (1990) and Timber Country (1994). Each was voted champion 2-year-old male.
Homeboykris was bred in Maryland by David and JoAnn HaydenÕs Dark Hollow Farm in partnership with William Paca Beatson of Maryland. Dark Hollow is located near Upperco, Md.
Tabraue purchased Homeboykris for $11,000 from Nick de Meric, agent, at the 2009 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs March sale of 2-year-olds in training. At the previous yearÕs Keeneland September yearling sale, de Meric as agent bought Homeboykris for $50,000 from Dark Hollow, agent.
Homeboykris made his first two starts for Tabraue, breaking his maiden at Calder Race Course July 11 in his second start. He was trained by Pablo Andrade. After that race, Tabraue was approached by Sallusto, a bloodstock agent.
HomeboykrisÕ yearling half-brother by Forest Danger was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic October yearling sale. Consigned by Dark Hollow, agent, he was purchased by Sallusto for $12,000.
One Last Salute, HomeboykrisÕ dam, also was sold this year. She was bought for $2,200 by Diamond Crest Farm from Dark Hollow, agent, at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
The Haydens are the breeders of 1990 BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Safely Kept, who finished second in the 1989 Sprint. The Maryland-bred filly was voted a champion the year of her runner-up effort but lost out to Housebuster the year of her Sprint triumph.
First-crop sire Roman Ruler also is the sire of stakes winners Seattle Ruler and Zacatian (Mex-I). A grade I winner, Roman Ruler stands at John SikuraÕs Hill ÔnÕ Dale Farms near Lexington. His 2009 fee was $20,000.ÑD.S.
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