First Winners for First-Crop Sire Dunkirk

First time starters Kendini and Chistoso win for freshman sire Dunkirk.

Two-time grade I-placed Dunkirk had his first U.S. winner with Kendini, when the gelding captured a 4 1/2-furlong maiden claiming race at Emerald Downs June 16 (VIDEO).

In his career debut for owners Henry Leong and Daniel Lew, the Chris Stensile-trained juvenile set the pace in the sprint and crossed the wire in :52.85. This first victory earned Kendini $7,274.

Bred in Kentucky by Red Diamond Bloodstock and Polo Green Stable, Kendini is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Next Big Nothin'. He was acquired by Halvorson Bloodstock at the 2011 Keenland January horses of all ages sale, where he was offered in the Lane's End consignment.

Earlier this spring another son of Dunkirk emerged triumphant in his first start when Chistoso won a 4 1/2-furlong contest in Mexico, at Hipodromo de las Americas on April 13. Chistoso is trained by Francisco Jesus Loza Cano and is owned by Cuadra J-A.

Out of the mare Ladies Nite Out, by Flying Granville, Chistoso was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Charles S. Giles, Pat Payne, Ben Taylor, and Frank Taylor. He was first acquired as a weanling by Simmons Bloodstock for $7,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, from consignor Taylor Made Sales Agency. Victor Jimenez Sainz later purchased the colt for $10,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale, where he was consigned by Mark Toothaker.

Dunkirk now counts two winners from four starters in his first juvenile crop. The son of Unbridled's Song stands at Ashford Stud, near Versailles, Ky., for a $10,000 fee.