San Simeon H. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , abt 6.5f ,)

STONESIDE (IRE) (B g, 115 lb) $67,440
Marchand de Sable —Greenstone (IRE) , by Green Desert
B—Dr B. Krief, IRE.; O—Marsha Naify; T—Julio C. Canani

Night Chapter (GB) (B h, 116 lb) $22,480
Night Shift —Context (GB) , by Zafonic
B—Juddmonte Farms Inc, GB.; O—Diamond Pride LLC and Frankel, Robert J.; T—Robert J. Frankel

Tenga Cat (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $13,488
Storm Cat —Tenga , by Mr. Prospector
B—Overbrook Farm, KY.; O—Truline Racing; T—Mike Marlow

Margins: 1¾, ½, head. Others: El Manuel (CHI) 116($6,744) , Unusual Suspect 115($2,248) , Soul City Slew 114 , Cheroot 119 , Council Member 116 , Carrilero (ARG) 116 , Don't Ya Lovett (NZ) 114 , Giovanni (NZ) 113 . Winning Jockey, Martin A. Pedroza.

Irish-bred Stoneside finally found his best stride stateside as he defeated Night Chapter by 13Ú4 lengths in the San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita April 19 to garner his first stakes win since coming to the United States.

The 4-year-old Marchand de Sable colt is owned by Marsha Naify, who bought him privately last year through her bloodstock adviser, Emmanuel de Seroux.

Trained by Julio Canani, Stoneside was made the favorite in his first U.S. start, the 2007 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), but did not hit the board. In his next race, the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT), he was again the beaten favorite as he finished third behind Daytona.

Stoneside began his career in France and won stakes races as a juvenile and as a 3-year-old while racing there. After winning the 2007 Prix du Pont-Neuf, he finished second in the Prix Paul de Moussac (Fr-III) and then ran second again in the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I). It was after that attempt that he was sold and sent to the U.S.

Naify has had success with European imports in the past, both alone and in partnership. Grade I winner Amorama and grade II winner Blackdoun were bred in France, while grade III winners Just Wonder and Ballingarry were bred in Great Britain and Ireland, respectively.

The San Simeon was NaifyÕs second graded win at Santa Anita this year. In February, she won the San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) with Surf Cat, who is owned in partnership with Aase Headley. It was the 6-year-old son of Sir CatÕs fifth grade II victory in California.

Dr. B. Krief bred Stoneside out of the winning Green Desert mare Greenstone. Out of the Elocutionist mare Mahabba, Greenstone is a half-sister to group III winner Ready To Dance. Mahabba is a daughter of the stakes-winning Ragusa mare Amphora III, who also produced stakes winner Icy Lassie.

The last reported foal out of Greenstone is a 3-year-old King Charlemagne filly named Greenside who ran third in two of three starts as a juvenile. She was bred in France by Dr. Fernand Krief, who also bred group III winner Ombre Legere.

Marchand de Sable is the sire of 11 stakes winners. The 18-year-old son of Theatrical stands at Haras de Berneso in France for a fee of Û10,000 (about $15,700).ÑA.H.D