George Washington Wins National Stakes

by Mary Schweitzer
George Washington justified his early favoritism for the 2006 English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) with a convincing two length win in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh on Sunday.

Amigoni, the stablemate of George Washington, set a quick pace during the early stages of the seven-furlong contest, with Duff and Hazeymm following him closely. Jockey Kieren Fallon kept George Washington, who stumbled coming out of the gate, near the rear of the pack. The colt responded immediately when asked to quicken with about a furlong left, and easily took the lead. Once he hit the front, however, he waited for competition. Fallon kept the colt's mind on business though, and the victory was never really in doubt. Golden Arrow got up for second, with the previously undefeated Heatseeker a respectable third.

George Washington, a bay colt by Danehill out of Bordighera, by Alysheba, is a half-brother to champion Grandera. In capturing his second group I win, it appears that the "little brother" is stepping out of any shadow cast by his older sibling. He may further add to the family's impressive stakes bounty if he makes another start before the end of the season. That could come in either the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) or the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

In a race run later Sunday afternoon, the Storm Cat colt Art Museum, made his stakes debut a winning one when he captured the listed Laing O'Rourke Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh by two lengths. The bay colt broke his maiden in his career debut on Sept. 4. He is out of the Vanlandingham mare, Totemic, making him a half-brother to grade II stakes winner, Lil's Lad.

The win in the Blenheim Stakes gave jockey Fallon his fourth win of the day. Three of these victories were in stakes races. The other win came in a maiden race on the colt Arabian Prince. This colt is a son of Fusaichi Pegasus  from the female family of group I winner Jade Robbery and graded stakes winners Numerous and Chequer.

Full Sister to High Chaparral Wins in Debut
Chenchikova, a full-sister to multiple group I winner and champion High Chaparral, made her racing debut a winning one on Thursday at Tipperary. The daughter of Sadler's Wells ran a bit greenly, but still easily won the 7 1/2 –furlong maiden contest by two lengths. She may make her next start in two weeks in the Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (Eng-I).