Indian-Bred Filly First SW for Calumet Farm's Musketier

Musketier following the 2010 Elkhorn S. at Keeneland | Horsephotos


Juliette (Ind) (Musketier {Ger}) produced a telling burst of speed in the final furlong and carried visiting Irish jockey Colm O'Donoghue to a barnstorming victory in Saturday's $55,138 Indian Oaks at Mumbai as the 4-1 favorite. In scoring by a widening 5 3/4-length margin in the race restricted to 4-year-old fillies, the bay became the first black-type winner for her sire, who stands at Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm a stone's throw from Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.

Settled midfield and racing without cover down the backside of the course, Juliette advanced under her own courage down the side of the track to be well within striking distance nearing the straight. Shaken up entering the final 400 metres, she jumped out of the ground with a little more than a furlong to race and scampered home a much-the-best winner (see below) .

One of 19 winners to date for Musketier, Juliette graduated at second asking at Mumbai and was ridden by O'Donoghue to victory in a 1400m test at the same venue Dec. 1. Juliette was exiting a third-place effort to Gift of Grace (Ind) (Speaking of Which {Ire}) in the Indian 1000 Guineas (1600m) Dec. 21, also with O'Donoghue at the controls.

Juliette is a daughter of Gimmesumsugar (Orientate), a half-sister to the U.S. stakes-placed Tricky Mon (Monarchos), who was led out unsold on a bid of $4,700 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. Gimmesumsugar, a two-time winner at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg and hailing from the female family of champion Big Blue Kitten, was subsequently acquired privately by Ajay Anne's New Approach Bloodstock and exported to India, where Juliette was foaled Mar. 17, 2016.

Musketier, a son of Acatenango (Ger), was the Sovereign Award-winning grass horse in 2011 and was a six-time graded winner and Grade I placed in North America, including the GIII Singspiel S. at age 10 in 2012. His oldest foals are 6-year-olds of 2020.

WATCH: Juliette smashes her rivals in the Indian Oaks


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