Ack Ack H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 7.5f ,)

CAPPUCHINO (B h, 117 lb) $102,579
Capote —Tara Roma , by Lyphard
B—Emory A. Hamilton, KY.; O—Hollendorfer, Jerry, Litt, Howard and Todaro, George; T—Jerry Hollendorfer

Pass Rush (CH h, 116 lb) $33,090
Crown Ambassador —Profitable Knight , by Knight
B—Swifty Farms Inc., IN.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Patrick B. Byrne

Twilight Road (CH g, 116 lb) $16,545
Cahill Road —Glory's Light , by Halo
B—Mira Ball, KY.; O—Donamire Farm; T—Paul J. McGee

Margins: 2, 1, 2. Others: Woodmoon 114($8,273) , Cat Tracker 116($4,963) , Dubai Sheikh 117 , Apt to Be 120 . Winning Jockey, Jon Kenton Court.

It’s been a luke warm year for Cappuchino. The 4-year-old son of Capote has only two wins from eight starts on the year with both visits to the winner’s circle coming against stakes company. His most recent win came in the Oct. 26 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs where he bested Pass Rush by two lengths. Earlier this year he notched a five-length score in the Aug. 2 Joseph T. Grace Handicap at Santa Rosa.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer conditions Cappuchino for a partnership that includes himself, Howard Litt, and George Todaro. Hollendorfer purchased the colt for $130,000 at the 2000 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Helen Alexander’s Middlebrook Farm, agent.

Cappuchino is the third stakes winner of the year owned in partnership and trained by Hollendorfer. He sent out Lucky Sabre to win the Vallejo Stakes at Golden Gate Fields with Peter Abruzzo and John Franks, and Lacie Girl to four added-money wins with Marta Racing Ventures. Other 2003 stakes winners trained by Hollendorfer include: Allwood, Eye of the Tiger (gr. III), Halo Cat, and Ninebanks (gr. II). Cappuchino is the lone stakes winner of the year for Litt and Todaro.

Emory Hamilton bred Cappuchino in Kentucky from a family line that traces back to the 1980 purchase of Too Chic, the great-granddam of Cappuchino. Hamilton bought Too Chic for $100,000 at the 1980 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from the consignment of King Ranch. King Ranch, based in Kingsville, Texas, is owned by members of Hamilton’s family and was managed by Emory’s sister, Helen Alexander. Their grandfather, Robert Kleberg, established the Thoroughbred operation at King Ranch.

Kleberg purchased the fifth dam of Cappuchino, English and French champion, Monade, following the mare’s 4-year-old season. She raced at five for King Ranch before joining the broodmare band. Monade produced Remedia, the dam of Too Chic.

Too Chic went on to produce graded stakes winner Chic Shrine and 1991 champion older mare Queena. Queena is the dam of grade I winner and sire Brahms.

Tara Roma, the dam of Cappuchino, also produced grade I winner Serra Lake, who retired in October 2001 with seven wins from 15 career starts. Serra Lake earned $486,760.

Capote is the sire of Cappuchino and 49 other added-money winners, including additional 2003 stakes winners Buffythecenterfold (gr. III), Zosima (gr. III), Moonlightandbeauty, Commendation, Capital Secret (Ger-III), Prince Tum Tum (in England), and T. H. Grace (in Japan). Capote stands at Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 fee will be $30,000.—L.D