Skip Away S.

( 8.5f ,)

BROKEN VOW (B h, 119 lb) $45,000
Unbridled —Wedding Vow , by Nijinsky II
B—Pin Oak Stud, LLC, KY.; O—Pin Oak Stable; T—H. Graham Motion

Rize (DK B/ g, 115 lb) $15,000
Theatrical (IRE) —Campagnarde (ARG) , by Oak Dancer (GB)
B—Allen E. Paulson, KY.; O—Runnin Horse Farm, Inc.; T—Norman R. Pointer

Mercaldo (B h, 114 lb) $9,000
Quiet American —Dormcat , by Storm Cat
B—Woodbridge Bloodstock, KY.; O—Star Racing Stable, Inc., Keaveney, T. W., and Perrotta, J.; T—John H. Forbes

Margins: 5¾, 2½, 3½. Others: Storm Day 117($4,500) , Quick Punch 115($750) , Black Cash 113($750) . Winning Jockey, Ramon A. Dominguez.

Broken Vow has made true on the promise held in his bloodlines. The grandson of stakes winner and stakes producer Wedding Picture and a half-brother to another stakes winner, Threshold, he added his third stakes victory to the family’s coffers by winning Monmouth Park’s Skip Away Stakes.

Broken Vow won his first graded stakes earlier this year and came into the Skip Away from a third-place finish in Include’s Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), so it was understandable when his odds in the listed race registered 1-2 on the tote board. The colt stalked pacesetters Rize and Quick Punch before moving to the lead and an eventual 53/4-length win.

Josephine Abercrombie made her first pledge to this Thoroughbred family when she purchased Take a Stand, the fourth dam of Broken Vow, for $35,000 at the 1967 Keeneland July yearling sale. She had been consigned by her breeders, Dr. and Mrs. G.G. Meredith of Merry Acres Farm.

Abercrombie, the owner of Pin Oak Stud and Pin Oak Stable, has helped the bloodlines prosper and grow. She still owns the dam of Broken Vow, Wedding Vow, and has a number of her relatives and foals either in training or as broodmares at the farm near Versailles, Ky.

Wedding Vow is in foal to Seeking the Gold. The last foal from the second dam, Wedding Picture, 2-year-old Where’s the Ring, recently broke his maiden in his first start. Where’s the Ring (by Seeking the Gold) won a five-furlong maiden event at Delaware Park on June 19. Wedding Picture died shortly after producing Where’s the Ring. Graham H. Motion trains Broken Vow, Where’s the Ring, and about 15 other horses for Pin Oak.

Broken Vow is one of 21 stakes winners sired by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Unbridled. The syndicated stallion stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., for a fee valued at $200,000 on the open market.—K.J.I