Danzig, a prominent stallion ever since his freshman crop emerged, was represented by his 200th stakes winner when the 6-year-old Olympic won the July 26 Mataji Stakes at Calder Race Course. The victory came for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Martin D. Wolfson.
Danzig, who was pensioned the summer of 2004, died in early 2006.
Bred in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton, Olympic is the third stakes winner and the second by Danzig out of the Mr. Prospector mare Queena, who was a champion for Hamilton. Queena’s first stakes winner, Brahms (by Danzig), scored his big win in the 2000 Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and later became a sire.
Queena’s other stakes winner, La Reina, a grade III-winning filly, is by A.P. Indy.
Danzig (Northern Dancer—Pas de Nom, by Admiral’s Voyage) ranks third on the all-time list by number of stakes winners behind deceased Danehill, with 349, and pensioned Sadler’s Wells, with 298. The three closest behind Danzig are deceased Mr. Prospector, with 181, followed by deceased Sunday Silence and pensioned Storm Cat, with 169 and 166, respectively.
Danzig is represented by two other stakes winners this year. He stood his entire career at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.