CITGO Dixie S. (gr. II)

(gr. IIT , 9f ,)

DR. BRENDLER (B h, 117 lb) $120,000
Distant View —Lady of Vision (IRE) , by Vision
B—Francis J. O'Toole, MD.; O—Francis J. O'Toole; T—H. Graham Motion

Perfect Soul (IRE) (B h, 117 lb) $40,000
Sadler's Wells —Ball Chairman , by Secretariat
B—C. Fipke, IRE.; O—Charles E. Fipke; T—Roger L. Attfield

Sardaukar (GB) (B g, 117 lb) $22,000
Royal Academy —En Public , by Rainbow Quest
B—Frederic Bianco, GB.; O—Michael J. Gill; T—Mark Shuman

Margins: ½, 3½, nose. Others: Del Mar Show 117($12,000) , Loup Masque (FR) 117($6,000) , Strategic Partner 117 . Winning Jockey, Ramon A. Dominguez.

A soft turf on a damp and dreary Preakness Day at Pimlico gave Francis J. O’Toole his first graded stakes victory as both an owner and breeder.

Bettors seemed to have little faith in Dr. Brendler, sending him off at 18-1 in the Citgo Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT). Indeed, the son of Distant View had little working to his advantage going into the race. O’Toole had been campaigning Dr. Brendler in Ireland and the United States with consistent but only small success. He finished second in the Killavullan Stakes (Ire-III) in 2000 at Leopardstown and won the 2001 Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial. But he suffered a drought until he scored two wins in allowance company in early 2002 at Gulfstream; he did not win again until April 5 of this year at Keeneland, again in an allowance race, and against only five competitors.

But Dr. Brendler caught a break in the Dixie: Four horses, including morning-line favorite Sarafan, scratched, leaving only five others. Dr. Brendler settled off the rail, bided for the lead in the final furlong, and drove to the wire for a half-length victory.

O’Toole, an attorney, is a partner in the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. From Ireland and now a resident of McLean, Va., he has been in horse racing since 1988.

O’Toole owns Dr. Brendler’s dam, Irish-bred Lady of Vision. She produced Polish Vision, a 1993 gelding by Polish Numbers, who won the $30,000 William Livingston Stakes at the Meadowlands in 1999. She also produced stakes-placed Leading Question. Lady of Vision produced a filly by Distant View in 2002 and a colt by Chester House this year. She is currently in foal to Quiet American.

Distant View has sired eight stakes winners, including Sightseek, a grade I winner this year. He stands at Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms near Lexington for $20,000.—B.T.H.