TDN RISING STARS

June 4, 2016 - Churchill Downs, Race 1, Msw, USD $46,500, 5F

Thirstforlife, G, 2, 2014 by Stay Thirsty

1st Dam: Promenade Girl (GSW & MGISP, $678,990), by Carson City
2nd Dam: Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony
3rd Dam: Dance Review, by Northern Dancer

Owner: Gary Barber & St Elias Stable
Breeder: Camas Park Stud (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse

Away last after stalling in the gate when unveiled in the Kentucky Juvenile S. here May 5, Thirstforlife spotted the field by several lengths early on and unleashed a powerful four-wide rally entering the far turn. Continuing to pour it on late, he finished a close third and galloped out well ahead of the first two finishers. Hammered down to 1-9 favoritism here off that performance, the $240,000 KEENOV buy broke sharply this time and tracked from third off a sharp first quarter in :21.99. Ranging up two wide turning for home, the chestnut blew the race apart in the lane, charging clear under a hand ride to score by a dominant 6 1/2 lengths over Lipan (Warrior’s Reward) and become the newest “TDN Rising Star”. Thirstforlife is the second winner for his MGISW freshman sire (by Bernardini) and the first in the U.S., following the filly Cheval Blanche’s debut victory in Ireland. Out of GSW & MGISP Promenade Girl (Carson City), the winner is a half-brother to fellow “TDN Rising Star” Cavorting (Bernardini), GISW, $1,128,000, who captured last year’s GI Test S. and GII Prioress S. Winner of the GII Ruffian S. when stretched to a mile last time, she is set to make her next start in Belmont’s GI Ogden Phipps S. June 11. Promenade Girl also has a yearling colt by The Factor and was bred back to last year’s top freshman sire Uncle Mo, who stands alongside Stay Thirsty at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud. Lifetime Record: SP, 2-1-0-1, $37,700.

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