2nd at 2FUTURITY S.
(gr. II , 7f , to D' Funnybone, defeating Thiskyhasnolimit, Soundman, Insightful, Hear Ye Hear Ye, Grand Rapport, Successful Score ).
DÕ Funnybone wasnÕt joking around when he once again soundly defeated his opponents in the Sept. 19 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
The son of DÕwildcat has continued to prove himself a good investment for his new owner Paul Pompa Jr., who privately purchased the 2-year-old colt in late July. In his first start for Pompa, Aug. 20, DÕ Funnybone rallied to an authoritative 101Ú2-length victory in the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II).
Trained by Richard Dutrow and piloted by jockey Edgar Prado in the Futurity, DÕ Funnybone posted a winning time of 1:22.40 for the seven furlongs over a fast track.
DÕ Funnybone is the fifth 2009 graded stakes winner alone or in partnership for Pompa, who co-owned 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Big Brown. Pompa, who is president of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company Truck-Rite Corp., is also represented this year by champion Stardom Bound, Backseat Rhythm, This Ones for Phil, and Franny Freud.
With the FuturityÕs winning share of $150,000, DÕ Funnybone has now earned $278,200, most of it for Pompa, who acquired him from breeder Harold Plumley and trainer Joseph CalascibettaÕs Calascibetta Racing Stable after the coltÕs first two starts at Calder Race Course.
Plumley, who owns Plumley Farms near Ocala, bred DÕ Funnybone in Florida from the winning Woodman mare Elbow. Plumley has bred three other stakes winners this year in addition to DÕ Funnybone, including grade III victor Dubai Majesty.
Plumley bought Elbow for $52,000 at the 2000 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent, she was in foal to Polish Numbers. That foal, Dr. Kathy, won the Salem County Stakes and was third in the 2003 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) to future two-time champion Ashado.
Chain Bracelet (by Lyphard), the second dam of Elbow, captured the Top Flight Handicap (gr. I), along with the Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) and Bed oÕ Roses Handicap (gr. III).
Chain BraceletÕs stakes-winning half-sister Dancing Slippers is the second dam of Zoftig, a grade I winner in Canada and grade I-placed in the U.S. Now retired from racing, Zoftig is the dam of the grade I-winning Gone West filly Zaftig.
Elbow produced a colt by Pomeroy April 24. She was bred to Wildcat Heir for 2010.
DÕwildcat is the sire of four stakes winners, including other 2009 added-money winners DÕwild Ride and Authenicat. DÕwildcat stood the 2009 season for $6,500 at Tom SimonÕs Vinery near Summerfield, Fla.ÑE.M.
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