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(gr. III , 5f , to Lou Brissie, defeating Twelve Pack Shelly, Wetzel, Nina Fever ).
Dogwood StableÕs Lou Brissie looked more seasoned than the usual 2-year-old in April, coming with a strong move from off the pace to win the $110,300 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) on Oaks day at Churchill Downs.
Lou Brissie broke from the rail, and was in fourth early as Laurel track record holder Twelve Pack Shelly set the early pace. Jockey John Velazquez took Lou Brissie off the rail on the turn and the colt rolled to a 11Ú2 length win over Boys At Tosconova, with odds-on favorite Twelve Pack Shelly third.
ÒHe was ready to go when I got him,Ó trainer Neil Howard said after the race, giving full credit to Dogwood trainer Ron Stevens. ÒThatÕs what they do at Dogwood. He acts so much more mature than what age he is.Ó
Lou Brissie finished second in a trial race at Aiken March 13, then broke his maiden at first asking April 15 at Keeneland.
Lou Brissie, for whom the horse is named, is a friend of Dogwood StableÕs founder and president Cot Campbell. In his youth, Brissie was a pitcher for the Philadelphia AÕs, which at the time was managed by the legendary Connie Mack. While serving his country in World War II, BrisseÕs left leg was shattered by shrapnel. Throughout his rehab, which took about two years, Mack would write him a letter every week saying he was Òlooking forward to you coming back,Ó offering support, but knowing it probably would never happen. However, Brissie did come back, and in fact made it to an All-Star Game.
Campbell purchased the colt at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale for $100,000. Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms, the son of Limehouse was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Limehouse, who raced for Dogwood, won six in stakes and earned more than $1.1 million. He entered stud in 2006 at Vinery near Lexington.
Limehouse is the sire of four stakes winners, including additional 2010 added-money winner Uptowncharlybrown. His 2010 fee is $10,000.ÑE.H.
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