Coolmore Buys Into Undefeated 'Rising Star' Gulfport


Gulfport, all alone at the Bashford Manor wire | Coady

Coolmore has reached an agreement with the partnership that owns runaway Bashford Manor S. winner Gulfport (Uncle Mo–Fame and Fortune, by Unbridled's Song) to stand the undefeated 2-year-old colt at Ashford Stud upon his retirement. Gulfport is owned by L. William and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Jackpot Farm, and Whispering Oaks Farm LLC.

Bred in Kentucky by Diamond Creek Farm, Gulfport fetched $275,000 from Pick View as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling. He debuted for Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen June 10 at Churchill Downs with a scintillating seven-length score to earn 'TDN Rising Star' designation. He was even more impressive on return in the July 4 Bashford Manor at the same track, blowing the doors off his competition with a 12 1/4-length drubbing as the 1-5 favorite. It was the widest margin in the history of the six-furlong black-type event and his time of 1:09.25 was the second-fastest clocking in the race. Gulfport earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort, the co-second-highest number by a 2-year-old this year.

“We are delighted to partner with William and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Jackpot Farm, and Whispering Oaks Farm LLC on such an exciting son of Uncle Mo,” said Coolmore's M.V. Magnier. “His performance in the Bashford Manor was very special, and we think there's a lot more to come.”

Gulfport will eventually stand alongside his sire–one of the industry's perennial leading sires–at Ashford. He is out of a daughter of MGISW Stop Traffic (Cure the Blues), who also produced GISW Cross Traffic, a full-brother to Fame and Fortune. The 2021 GI Cigar Mile H. winner Americanrevolution (Constitution) is part of the extended family as well, while Gulfport's 3-year-old half-sister Favor (Pioneerof the Nile) placed in the GII Fair Grounds Oaks earlier this year.

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