Arlington Classic S. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , 8.5f ,)

KINGSHIP (B h, 119 lb) $90,000
King Cugat —Artistry , by Theatrical (IRE)
B—Silver Thread Farm, KY.; O—Oxbow Racing LLC; T—Ronny W. Werner

Proudinsky (GER) (B h, 119 lb) $30,000
Silvano (GER) —Proudeyes (GER) , by Dashing Blade (GB)
B—Dr. Rolf Wilhelms, GER.; O—Gary A. Tanaka; T—Mario Hofer

Arbuckle Bandit (B g, 119 lb) $16,500
Service Stripe —Sombra En El Cielo , by Marquetry
B—Nordic Thoroughbreds, KY.; O—Golden Racing Stable; T—Michael Stidham

Margins: nose, ½, ¾. Others: Creative Force 119($9,000) , Icy Ridge (IRE) 119($4,500) , Storm Treasure 119 , Desert Wheat 119 , Equal Opportunity 119 . Winning Jockey, Robby Albarado.

Taking the old adage “like father, like son” to heart, Kingship captured the July 1 Arlington Classic Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park six years after his sire King Cugat did the same. In his first stakes attempt, Kingship prevailed by a nose over German-bred Proudinsky.

Kingship was making just the fifth start of his career after not racing as a 2-year-old. In his last previous start, the 3-year-old colt was switched to the turf and broke his maiden by posting an eight-length victory at Churchill Downs for trainer Ronny Werner and owners Art and Stephanie Preston’s Oxbow Racing.

Kingship was bred in Kentucky by Silver Thread Farm. He was consigned by Upson Downs Farm, agent, to the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale and purchased by Oxbow Racing for $15,000. Oxbow consigned him to the 2005 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale, but after he failed to meet his reserve when the bidding stopped at $27,000, the Prestons decided to keep him to race.

The bay colt is out of the winning Theatrical mare Artistry. Silver Thread Farm purchased her while she was carrying Kingship for $23,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November mixed sale from consignor Lantern Hill Farm, agent.

Artistry is out of the Devil’s Bag mare Trivial, a daughter of the stakes-winning Honest Pleasure mare Honest Joy. Honest Joy won the Marigold Stakes while her full sister, Honest Glow, won a division of the Satin and Lace Stakes. As a broodmare, Honest Joy produced 1990 Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Dotsero, by Conquistador Cielo, and his full sister Shuttle, dam of 2000 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Washington Singer Stakes winner Prizeman, by Prized, who also finished second in the Vodafone Horris Hill Stakes (Eng-III).

Kingship is Artistry’s first foal. Pastoral, her unraced juvenile colt by Meadowlake, was purchased for $30,000 by Garry Sims through agent Burr Travis at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from consignor Forbush Farm, agent. He was entered but withdrawn from the 2006 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March 2-year-olds in training sale. Artistry has a yearling filly by Menifee and aborted a Rossini foal earlier this year.

King Cugat is the sire of three stakes winners, including 2006 added money winner Seaside Retreat, who won the June 25 Charlie Barley Stakes in Canada. The 9-year-old son of Kingmambo stands for a fee of $5,000 at William Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.—A.H.D.