First Stakes Winners for Empire Maker, Kafwain, Repent

Graded stakes winners Empire Maker, Kafwain, and Repent were represented by their first stakes winners Aug. 18.

Graded stakes winners Empire Maker , Kafwain, and Repent were represented by their first stakes winners Aug. 18.

Miss Red Delicious, by classic winner Empire Maker, won the Anna M. Fisher Debutante Stakes at Ellis Park two months after breaking her maiden by 13 1/2 lengths at Colonial Downs. Miss Red Delicious won the seven-furlong stakes by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:24.98 for Katierich Stables and Christopher G. Connors. Bred in Kentucky by Katierich, Miss Red Delicious is the first foal from graded II stakes-placed Miss Mary Apples (by Clever Trick).

Winner of the 2003 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Empire Maker (Unbridled--Toussaud, by El Gran Senor) stands at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington, Ky. His 2007 fee was $100,000.

Earlier on the Ellis card, Kafwain's son Yonegwa won the James C. Ellis Juvenile Stakes for E M S Stable. Bred in Kentucky by Papandrea and Barry, Yonegwa ran the seven furlongs in 1:26.78 to win by two lengths. Yonegwa is the third winner from three foals of racing age from the Salt Lakemare Newmar.

A two-time grade II winner, Kafwain (Cherokee Run--Swazi's Moment, by Moment of Hope) stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington. His 2007 fee was $10,000.

Repent's first stakes winner, Atoned, won the Continental Mile Stakes at Monmouth Park for Dogwood Stable. The colt won by three lengths in 1:38.89. Bred in Florida by Anthony and Mitzi Robinson, Atoned is the eighth winner from eight foals of racing age from the Icecapade mare Amidst.

A two-time grade II winner, Repent (Louis Quatorze--Baby Grace, by Cipayo) stood the 2007 season for $5,000 at John Sykes’ Cloverleaf Farms II, which ceased operations July 1, near Reddick, Fla. He will stand in 2008 at Brent Fernung’s Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.