First Winners for Four Freshman Sires

Four freshman sires were represented by their first winners on Saturday, including multiple graded stakes winners Mecke, Ide, and Friendly Lover.

James Lewis Jr.'s Sea Mist (Mecke--Herat's Tune, by Herat) won the 12th race at Calder to become Mecke's first winner as a sire. The 2-year-old filly completed a 5 1/2-furlong maiden dash in 1:08.71 under jockey Sebastian Madrid. The Emanuel Tortora trainee, bred in Florida by June Smith, returned $65 for the win.

On the track, Mecke was a graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt. He equaled Gate Dancer's track and stakes record when winning the 1995 Super Derby (gr. I) in 2:00 1/5 on the main track at Louisiana Downs. Earlier in the year, he finished fifth in both the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I). As a 4-year-old, he won the Arlington Million (gr. I) and the Early Times Turf Classic (gr. I), both on turf. In his final race, the 1997 Donn Handicap (gr. I), he finished third behind Formal Gold and Skip Away. He retired with career earnings of $2,470,550. Mecke (Maudlin--Beautiful Bid, Baldski) is a full brother to champion Beautiful Pleasure. He stands for a fee of $7,500 at Ocala Stud Farm in Florida.

Lewis, Tortora, and Madrid were also the human connections of the first winner from freshman sire Ponche. Eternal Look, a 2-year-old son of Ponche out of the Irish Ruler mare Dream Circle, won the 5 1/2-furlong third race by five lengths in 1:06.34. Dream Circle was bred in Florida by Ocala Stud Farm.

Ponche (Two Punch--Street Ballet, by Nijinsky II) won 16 of 47 career races, including four added-money events. He finished second in the 1993 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) and set a course record of 1:22.17 for seven furlongs at Calder. He retired after a six-year career with earnings of $437,086. Ponche stands at Ocala Stud Farm for a fee of $1,500.

Ide was represented by his first winner as a sire when his daughter Buxton Field won the third race at Rockingham Park Saturday. She led the way in the 4 1/2-furlong race, finishing the race a six-length winner in :53.78 seconds. Buxton Field (Ide--Joan Noble, by Slew City Slew) was bred in Kentucky by Willmott Stable and returned $29 for the win.

Ide (Forty Niner--Maytide, by Naskra) earned his first win in his third career start and never lost again. He retired after nine starts with seven wins, including victories in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. III). Ide stands for an advertised fee of $5,000 at Longfield Farm near Goshen, Ky.

Friendly Lover's first winner came Saturday when Secret Lover won Woodbine's third race, a five-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. As the favorite, Secret Lover drew off to a five-length win. She is owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and was bred in Kentucky by Glen Ridge Farm.

Friendly Lover (Cutlass--Glide Along, by Great Above) won 12 stakes races in a seven-year career, including the Boojum Handicap (gr. II) and the True North Handicap (gr. II). He won consecutive renewals of both the Finger Lakes Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) and the Philadelphia Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III). In 1994, he set a Finger Lakes track record of 1:08 4/5 for six furlongs. He retired with 22 wins from 66 starts and career earnings of $1,247,670. He stands in Florida at Adena Springs South for a fee of $3,000.

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