Kentucky Cup Juvenile S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

GREATER GOOD (B g, 114 lb) $62,000
Intidab —Gather The Clan (IRE) , by General Assembly
B—A. Lakin & Sons, Inc., KY.; O—Lewis G. Lakin; T—Robert E. Holthus

Magna Graduate (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $20,000
Honor Grades —Peacock Alley , by Fast Play
B—Ramon Rangel, KY.; O—Burr J. Travis; T—Garry W. Simms

Norainonthisparty (B g, 114 lb) $10,000
Party Manners —Never a Cloudy Day , by Dayjur
B—Leslie G. Lawrence, KY.; O—Leslie Lawrence; T—Susan D. Stidham

Margins: 2¾, 6¾, neck. Others: United 114($5,000) , Storied Cat 114($3,000) , Sequoia Grove 114 . Winning Jockey, John McKee.

You can look at a horse’s pedigree and judge his conformation, but sometimes there is no substitute for having seen him run.

Becky Thomas saw Intidab run at Saratoga and was impressed with the son of Phone Trick as a racehorse. So, she mated the General Assembly mare Gather The Clan to Intidab his first year at stud and the result is Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) winner Greater Good.

Gather The Clan is one of 30 mares owned by Lewis and Brenda Lakin, owners of Lakland Farms in Kentucky and New York. Another 150 mares are owned in a partnership of Thomas and the Lakins.

Gather The Clan was one of the first mares purchased by Lakin. She was sold by Three Chimneys Farm as part of the dispersal of Bert and Diana Firestone at the 1992 Keeneland January sale. Carrying her first foal, by Relaunch, the Lakins bought her for $175,000.

Winner of the 1989 Violet Handicap (gr. IIIT), Gather The Clan was bred to some top stallions, but with dismal results. That, and her one previous successful runner, is what led Thomas to Intidab.

“She was bred to Unbridled, A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, and Deputy Minister,” Thomas said from her Florida farm. “I had all of them, and none of them could run. No talent in the bunch.”

Thomas noticed Gather The Clan’s one stakes horse, Gather the Day, came when the mare was bred to Dayjur, a sprinter who ran on turf and dirt. Intidab fit the same bill.

“When I saw Intidab run at Saratoga I thought he would be perfect for this mare,” Thomas said. “I thought he was a great racehorse and a great pick for this mare.”

Gather The Clan produced a filly this year by Victory Gallop and is in foal to Pure Prize.

The Lakins also owns three daughters of Gather the Clan: Gather the Day; Swift Girl, by Unbridled; and Gatherindy, by A.P. Indy.

Gather the Day’s yearling filly, by Deputy Minister, was sold by Lakland Sept. 16 at Keeneland. She was purchased by Green Lantern Stables for $190,000.

Gather the Day did not produce a foal this year, having been barren to the cover of Broad Brush. She is in foal to Victory Gallop.

Swift Girl and Gatherindy are both in foal to Freud, a full brother to Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat—Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy), who stands at Lakland North near Hudson, N.Y. Swift Girl had a Freud filly this year and Gatherindy produced a colt this year by Forest Camp.

Intidab stood his first year at stud in Kentucky at Shadwell Farm. He was bred to 13 mares that produced eight foals and he has just six members of his first crop. Greater Good is his first stakes winner. He stood the 2002 season in Florida and then was moved to Gallagher’s Stud near Ghent, N.Y. His fee this year was $3,500.—D.M.L.