Colonel E. R. Bradley H.

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PURIM (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $60,000
Dynaformer —Kirsteena , by Lord At War (ARG)
B—Edward Joseph Sukley, KY.; O—E. J. Sukley; T—Thomas F. Proctor

Fort Prado (GR/RO h, 120 lb) $20,000
El Prado (IRE) —Fort Pond , by Fortunate Prospect
B—David P. Block, IL.; O—Team Block; T—Jeff Trosclair

Cloudy's Knight (CH g, 116 lb) $10,000
Lord Avie —Cloudy Spot , by Solar City
B—Jerrald Schwartz, KY.; O—S J Stables LLC; T—James R. McMullen

Margins: head, 1, neck. Others: Raw Power 116($4,000) , Northern Scene 115($2,000) , Zetetic 113($1,000) , Storm Treasure 118($1,000) , Estevan 114($1,000) , Mystery Giver 116($1,000) , Gigawatt 114 , Desert Wheat 115 , Arbuckle Bandit 118 . Winning Jockey, Jesus Lopez Castanon.

Purim proved up to the task in a big way in the Jan. 13 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds by holding off favorite Fort Prado by a head. The victory was the fourth career stakes win for Edward Joseph Sukley’s homebred horse.

Purim was foaled at Tim and Lisa Turney’s Shamrock Glen Farm near Versailles, Ky., and raised at the farm until he was sent to The Racing Edge training center near Ocala, Fla.

A son of Dynaformer, Purim has been trained his entire career by Tom Proctor, who helped pick out Purim’s dam, Kirsteena, for Sukley at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale. As agent, Proctor bought Kirsteena for $75,000 from Upson Downs Farm, agent.

Kirsteena proved consistent enough win or place in eight of a dozen races. She competed twice in stakes, finishing third in the Lady Morvich Handicap and fourth in the Manhattan Beach Stakes, both in California.

Kirsteena’s career as a broodmare didn’t last long. She died after producing her third foal, a Tiznow colt later named Gihon, in 2005. Purim was her first foal.

Sukley, a sheet metal and roofing contractor who lives near Plainfield, Ill., west of Chicago, also raced Purim’s half-brother, Calamus.

Purim’s stakes credentials also include top efforts in three Arlington added-money races. In consecutive races in 2005, Purim won the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) and was beaten a nose in the American Derby (gr. IIT). The following year, he took the Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes on grass.

Purim’s success on grass seems a natural. Both Purim’s sire, Dynaformer, and broodmare sire, Lord At War, earned reputations as major turf influences. Dynaformer was North America’s leading grass sire in 2005 by progeny earnings and ranked second in 2006.

Purim is related to one of racing’s all-time greats. Purim’s third dam, Quit Me Not, is a half-sister to Hall of Famer Dr. Fager. Although best known for his main track accomplishments, Dr. Fager won the 1968 United Nations Handicap on grass in his sole turf start and was voted champion grass runner.

Dynaformer has sired 76 stakes winners. His 11 stakes winners of 2006 also include Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, Dynamite Lass (gr. IIIT), Drum Major (gr. IIIT), Film Maker (gr. IIIT), Pommes Frites (gr. IIIT), and McDynamo (NSA-I). Dynaformer stands at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. His 2007 fee is $150,000.—D.S.