Guilt Trip

2013 G2W


Guilt Trip   Pulpit A.P. Indy
Mysterieuse Etoile Quiet American
Rose Indien (FR)

Sale History

Year Sale Hip# Type Price Buyer Consignor
2010 FTSAUG 120 Y $200,000 Ben Glass, agent Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency

Recent Races

Strub S. (gr. II)

STRUB S. (gr. II), Santa Anita Park, February 02, 2013, $200,000 Guaranteed, value of race $200,250, 4 yo, 1 1/8 miles, 1:48.97 Dirt FT.

GUILT TRIP (Bay Colt , 9 yo, 118 lb) $120,000
Pulpit —Mysterieuse Etoile , by Quiet American
B—Winsong Farm , KY ; O—West, Gary and Mary ; T—Bob Baffert

Stephanoatsee (Dark Bay or Brown Ridgling , 9 yo, 118 lb) $40,000
A.P. Indy —Oatsee , by Unbridled
B—My Meadowview LLC , KY ; O—My Meadowview Farm ; T—H. Graham Motion

Fed Biz (Bay Colt , 9 yo, 123 lb) $24,000
Giant's Causeway —Spunoutacontrol , by Wild Again
B—Colts Neck Stables LLC , KY ; O—Kaleem Shah, Inc. ; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: 1½, ¾, nose . Others: Handsome Mike 123 ($12,000) , Tritap 119 ($4,000) , Groovin' Solo 118 ($250) . Winning Jockey, Joseph Talamo.

Strub S. Recap

Gary and Mary West experienced a graded stakes daily double at Santa Anita Park Feb. 2. The couple won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds with Flashback and then took the Strub Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds with Guilt Trip.

Guilt Trip is the second Strub winner for the Wests. Their colt High Limit won in 2006, with the previous year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo finishing third.

Ben Glass, the Wests’ adviser, bought Guilt Trip for $200,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“I saw in him what I always look for in a horse and that is he has to look like an athlete,” Glass said. “He had great balance and a good walk, and he scoped and X-rayed well. I was happy to get him because I thought he might bring more than what I was willing to spend.”

Glass is a great fan of Guilt Trip’s sire, Pulpit, who died in December. Pulpit stood at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.

“We love Pulpit and his son Tapit (sire of Flashback),” said Glass. “We bought a share in Tapit. Bernie Sams (at Claiborne) has been good to me. He let me breed to Pulpit. We bred a couple of mares that got in foal to him before he passed away. The nice thing about Pulpit is that he’s a sire of sires and if you get a good one, there’s a good chance of him becoming a stallion.”

Guilt Trip, bred by James and Alice Sapara’s Winsong Farm, is the first stakes winner out of the winning Quiet American mare Mysterieuse Etoile, whose stakes-winning second dam, Rose Indien, is a half sister to the dam of Americain, an Australian and French champion and winner of the 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I). Americain, by Dynaformer, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Calumet Farm near Lexington for a stud fee of $20,000.

Pulpit, by A.P. Indy, has sired 65 stakes winners including 2013 added-money winner Fiftyshadesofhay.—D.S.

Mervyn LeRoy H. (gr. II)

MERVYN LEROY H. (gr. II), Betfair Hollywood Park, May 04, 2013, $150,000 Guaranteed, value of race $150,250, 3 yo's & up, 1 1/16 miles, 1:42.79 All Weather Track FT.

LIAISON (Bay Colt , 9 yo, 118 lb) $90,000
Indian Charlie —Galloping Gal , by Victory Gallop
B—William A. Carl Estate , KY ; O—Arnold Zetcher LLC ; T—Bob Baffert

Kettle Corn (Bay Horse , 11 yo, 118 lb) $30,000
Candy Ride (ARG) —Somethingbeautiful , by Lil E. Tee
B—Jim Plemmons , KY ; O—C R K Stable ; T—John W. Sadler

Guilt Trip (Bay Colt , 9 yo, 120 lb) $18,000
Pulpit —Mysterieuse Etoile , by Quiet American
B—Winsong Farm , KY ; O—West, Gary and Mary ; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: 1½, 2½, ½ . Others: Blueskiesnrainbows 115 ($9,000) , Midnight Transfer 118 ($3,000) , Vagabond Shoes (IRE) 116 ($250) . Winning Jockey, Martin Garcia.

Mervyn LeRoy H. Recap

The May 4 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park was a smooth ride for Bob Baffert-trained winner, Liaison. With Martin Garcia up, Liaison broke cleanly from post 4 and the 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie settled quickly in second, close behind Blueskiesnrainbows, who shot up the rail for the lead on the clubhouse turn. The two led the field of six through most of the race with Blueskiesnrainbows keeping a narrow lead, Guilt Trip and Vagabond Shoes traveling in third and fourth, while Midnight Transfer and Kettle Corn rounded out the field. Liaison edged out Blueskiesnrainbows mid-stretch and then opened up a 11/2-length advantage, finishing first in 1:42.79. Kettle Corn moved gamely up the rail in mid-stretch to finish second by 21/2 lengths over Guilt Trip in third.

“He’s improving all the time. He outbroke everybody,” Garcia stated, commending his mount. “I just let (Blueskiesnrainbows) take the lead and sat chilly in second. When I asked him to go, he responded.”

Liaison came into this race from his victory in the Santana Mile Stakes at Santa Anita March 31, which he won off a seven-month layoff following his ninth-place finish in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in August 2012. Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow, noted that he “moved up a lot from his previous race, which was a good race coming off a layoff. But today he was right there on the break and I think (Garcia) rode him smart.”

The Mervyn LeRoy marked the fourth stakes win for the Arnold Zetcher-owned Liaison, who purchased the Kentucky-bred colt for $290,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. Liaison’s other stakes wins include the Real Quiet Stakes and the CashCall Futurity Stakes (gr. I), both at Hollywood Park. The Mervyn LeRoy brings his race record to five wins, one second, and three thirds from 14 starts. His earnings now total $721,794.

William A. Carl Estate bred the colt, who is out of the Victory Gallop mare Galloping Gal, winner of both the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Jessamine County Stakes at Keeneland. The mare also counts second-place finishes in the Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs and the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

Indian Charlie is the sire of 71 stakes winners, including 2007 champion 2-year-old filly and 2008 champion female sprinter, Indian Blessing, and 2010 champion 2-year-old male, Uncle Mo. Indian Charlie died from cancer in 2011. He last stood at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.—M.P.