New Orleans H. (gr. II)
NEW ORLEANS H. (gr. II), Fair Grounds, March 30, 2013, $400,000 Guaranteed, value of race $400,000, 4 yo's & up, 1 1/8 miles, 1:49.16 Dirt FT.
(Gray or Roan Colt ,
Unbridled's Song Sweetest Smile , by Dehere
BW. S. Farish , KY ; OTwin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC ; TTodd A. Pletcher
(Bay Colt ,
Proud Citizen Pocho's Dream Girl , by Fortunate Prospect
BBrereton C. Jones , KY ; OBrereton C. Jones ; TJ. Larry Jones
(Bay Colt ,
Lion Heart Shine Forth , by Carson City
BOscar Penn & Eloise Penn , KY ; OBourbon Lane Stable and Lynn, Wayne ; TKellyn Gorder
New Orleans H. Recap
Graydar didn’t disappoint following his impressive performance in the Feb. 9 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. The son of Unbridled’s Song continued to dominate some of the nation’s top older horses with another winning effort in the March 30 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).
Graydar is campaigned by Steve Davison and NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw of the Louisiana-based Twin Creeks Racing Stables. The colt, who is conditioned by Todd Pletcher, now boasts a record of 4-0-1 from five starts, for earnings of $601,560.
After failing to meet his reserve at auction as a yearling, Graydar was bought for $260,000 by Twin Creeks team manager Randy Gullat, agent, at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-old sale from William B. Harrigan, agent.
The New Orleans Handicap winner is a product of William S. Farish’s prolific Lane’s End breeding program. Bred in Kentucky, he is out of the winning Dehere mare Sweetest Smile, who is a daughter of stakes winner Cielo Otono (by Conquistador Cielo).
Moment’s Prayer (by For The Moment), the second dam of Sweetest Smile, is the great-granddam of European and English highweight Mujahid (by Danzig), plus graded stakes-winning millionaires Musket Man (by Yonaguska) and Ron the Greek. The latter horse most recently captured the Jan. 19 Sunshine Millions Classic.
Graydar is a half brother to graded stakes-placed runners and six-figure earners Union Course (by Dixie Union) and Star of David (by Bernstein).
Sweetest Smile was most recently acquired for $85,000 by Helen Andrews’ Twin Hopes Farm at the 2012 Keeneland January mixed sale. Carrying her most recent offspring, a Curlin filly named Sweet Destiny, she was consigned by Lane’s End.
Sweetest Smile, who is kept at Dapple Stud near Paris, Ky., is in foal to Creative Cause on a March 17 cover date.
“She’s a beautiful mare,” said Mike Akers, managing member of Dapple. “We just caught a down market when middle-aged mares that had had a few foals were not as popular. We were able to get her bought at a good price for Ms. Andrews who has been a longtime client and a lovely person.”
Graydar is the 100th stakes winner for Unbridled’s Song. Among the son of Unbridled’s three other 2013 added-money winners is grade II victor Will Take Charge. Unbridled’s Song stands for $60,000 at the Taylor family’s Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, Ky.—E.M.