Motown Founder Can Just Wonder in Cinema

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, is again a growing presence as a Thoroughbred owner under the nom de course Vistas Stable.

Gordy will be at Hollywood Park Sunday to cheer for Just Wonder in the $200,000-added Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile on turf. He is a partner in ownership of the English-bred colt trained by Laura de Seroux.

"I met Berry at the Washington D.C. International at Laurel in 1980 when he won with Argument, a horse he co-owned with Bruce McNall (Summa Stable)," said de Seroux, who did some work for McNall at the time. "The Maryland crowd reached out and touched us and sang Motown songs," said de Seroux of the pleasant memories.

Gordy continued to own horses, on and off, during the 1980s and 1990s. During the mid 1990s, Vistas won stakes with trainer Rodney Rash, including the 1994 Sword Dancer (Gr. IT) at Saratoga with Alex The Great and the 1995 Vernon Underwood at Hollywood Park with Powis Castle.

"After Rodney died (in 1996), Berry phased out for a while, but now that Bruce is back, Berry is back," said de Seroux. "He came to the Eclipse Awards dinner last year to show support." De Seroux trains 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, honored at that time.

In addition to Just Wonder, Gordy is also a partner in Liska, a French import scheduled to make her United States debut in the $750,000 American Oaks July 5, and Miss Bridget Jones, purchased privately following a victory in the Stonerside Oaks at Lone Star Park this spring.

Just Wonder, who began his career in France last year, has won three of six starts. He won the Ascot Handicap at Bay Meadows in his last start May 10 and has recorded a series of sharp drills on the Hollywood Park turf since.

Kent Desormeaux will fly in from Japan to ride Just Wonder. He won the Cinema last year aboard Inesperado.