Sam F. Davis S.

( 8.5f ,)

FIERCE WIND (DK B/ h, 116 lb) $105,000
Dixie Union —Post Parade , by A.P. Indy
B—Menard Thoroughbreds, Inc., KY.; O—Four Roses Thoroughbreds; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Big Truck (B h, 117 lb) $35,000
Hook and Ladder —Just a Ginny , by Go for Gin
B—A. Lakin & Sons, Inc., NY.; O—Eric Fein; T—Barclay Tagg

Smooth Air (B h, 118 lb) $30,000
Smooth Jazz —Air France , by French Deputy
B—Mount Joy Stables, FL.; O—Mount Joy Stables, Inc.; T—Bennie F. Stutts, Jr.

Margins: ½, ¾, 3. Others: Dynamic Wayne 116($8,750) , Z Humor 122($5,250) , Wise Answer 122($12,000) , Wonder Mon 118 , Honey Honey Honey 120($4,000) . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.

Fierce Wind proved he was a fierce competitor as he held off Big Truck by a half-length to win the Feb. 16 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and garner his first stakes victory. Nick Zito trains the 3-year-old Dixie Union colt for Kassem Masri’s Four Roses Thoroughbreds, and the stakes win was his third victory in a row.

“He’s always been a horse that’s had ability,” said Zito’s assistant, Tim Poole. “Nick’s great at taking his time with horses, and we’ve got owners that are fantastic with doing what needs to be done for their horse to get there.”

Fierce Wind is not the only talented 3-year-old in Zito’s barn that is owned by Masri. He also campaigns Anak Nakal, a son of Victory Gallop who won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) last November.

Another horse trained by Zito, 2007 champion juvenile War Pass, is also connected to Fierce Wind. Both were bought by Robert LaPenta’s Whitehorse Stables at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. LaPenta paid $90,000 for Fierce Wind, who was consigned by Lane’s End, agent. While LaPenta retained War Pass, Fierce Wind was offered at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-olds in training sale but failed to meet his reserve when bidding stopped at $300,000. He was then sold privately.

William S. Farish, Hilbert Thoroughbreds, and Menard Thoroughbreds bred Fierce Wind in Kentucky out of the winning A.P. Indy mare Post Parade. Out of the stakes-winning Roberto mare Spanish Parade, Post Parade is a full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Parade Queen, who went on to produce grade III winner Untouched Talent. Farish became involved with Fierce Wind’s family when he bought and raced Spanish Parade’s dam, the graded stakes-placed Nijinsky II mare Nijit.

Post Parade is the dam of stakes winner Rebel Yeller, a full brother to Fierce Wind, who won the 2007 Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico, and her other three foals are all winners.

Post Parade was sold in foal to Came Home at the 2005 Keeneland November mixed sale for $85,000 to Yushun Company. She was sent to Japan, and her 2006 Came Home colt is her last reported foal.

Dixie Union is the sire of 18 stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winner Grasshopper (gr. III). The 11-year-old son of Dixieland Band stands at Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $50,000.—A.H.D.