Fifth Third Elkhorn S. (gr. II)

(gr. IIT , 12f ,)

SPICE ROUTE (GB) (CH g, 118 lb) $124,000
King's Best —Zanzibar (IRE) , by In the Wings (GB)
B—Usk Valley Stud, GB.; O—Harlequin Ranches, Johnson, Ralph L. and Attfield, Roger L.; T—Roger L. Attfield

Musketier (GER) (GR/RO h, 118 lb) $40,000
Acatenango (GER) —Myth and Reality (GB) , by Linamix (FR)
B—Gestut Gorlsdorf, GER.; O—Johanna Louise Glen-Teven; T—Roger L. Attfield

Brass Hat (B g, 118 lb) $20,000
Prized —Brassy , by Dixie Brass
B—Fred F. Bradley, KY.; O—Fred F. Bradley; T—William B. Bradley

Margins: 2, neck, 1. Others: Buddy's Humor 118($10,000) , Always First (GB) 118($6,000) , Better Talk Now 118 , Champs Elysees (GB) 124 , Transduction Gold 118 , Sir Whimsey 118 , Sudden War (ARG) 118 , Quasicobra 118 , Admiral's Cruise 118 . Winning Jockey, Rene R. Douglas.

Spice Route earned his second stakes win in the April 24 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. The 5-year-old gelding sat quiet for most of the race and made his move in the stretch to cross the wire two lengths ahead.

ÒHeÕs just a genuine little racehorse,Ó said trainer Roger Attfield. ÒIÕm delighted with him today.Ó

Attfield also trains the second-place horse Musketier, who had run fourth in an allowance race at Keeneland two weeks before.

ÒThey both ran great,Ó Attfield said. ÒThis race is getting better every year in the quality of the race. It was a great race, and I appreciate it.Ó

Spice Route took the 2008 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder and has placed in six other stakes, including a second-place finish in the 2008 Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine. The son of KingÕs Best broke his maiden in England and raced there until he was 4-years-old.

Attfield began training Spice Route in 2008 and co-owns him with Harlequin Ranches and Ralph Johnson.

Kevin and Susan MercerÕs Usk Valley Stud bred Spice Route in Great Britain. He is out of Zanzibar (by In the Wings). Zanzibar took the 2001 Oaks dÕItalia (Ity-I) by seven lengths.

Zanzibar is out of the winning Diesis mare Isle of Spice. ZanzibarÕs half-brother New Guinea was also a stakes winner. Isle of Spice is out of the stakes-winning Northern Dancer mare Gold Treasure, who is a half-sister to stakes winners Diomedia and Kanz.

Spice Route is ZanzibarÕs first stakes winner. Her other winner is a 4-year-old colt by Fantastic Light named Celtic Dragon. ZanzibarÕs most recent foal is a yearling filly by Halling. Zanzibar is kept at Usk Valley Stud. The MercerÕs purchased two cattle farms in 1999 and transformed them into the Usk Valley breeding operation.

KingÕs Best is the sire of 27 stakes winners. His additional 2009 added-money winners include Happy Victory (Mal-I) and Allybar in France. KingÕs Best stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland for a fee of 15,000 euros (about $19,867).ÑK.B.