Making Waves: Legends In Action

Legend Of Time (left) | Coglianese Photography


   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This column is highlighted by the victory of Legend Of Time at Aqueduct during the Belmont at the Big A meeting.


Legend Has It…

Godolphin's Legend Of Time (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) captured the GII Pennine Ridge S. during the Belmont at the Big A meeting for Charlie Appleby on May 25 (video).

The 150,000gns Tattersalls October yearling made his first five starts at Meydan, winning four of them, including the Jumeirah Classic in March. The Pennine Ridge was his second start in the States. Bred by Lordship Stud and Sunderland Holdings, the 3-year-old colt is a half-brother to G1 Prix de Royallieu winner Loving Dream (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}) and stakes winner Amandine (GB) (Shamardal), who was third in the GI American Oaks. The trio are out of the stakes-winning G1 Moyglare Stud S. third Kissable (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}). Group 1 winners under G1 Oaks runner-up fourth dam Media Luna (GB) (Star Appeal {Ire}) include Brian Boru (GB) (Sadler's Wells), Kodiac (GB) full-brothers Best Solution (Ire) and El Bodegon (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), and Workforce (GB) (King's Best).

Sea The Stars, who stands at Gilltown Stud, has 20 winners from 41 runners (49%) in the U.S. Eight of those (19%), including graded winners  Ottoman Fleet (GB), Legend Of Time, Star Fortress (Ire) and Casual Smile (GB) have won at the stakes level level.



Sweet Keertana Win For Blonde

A group winner in Italy, Atomic Blonde (Ger) (The Grey Gatsby {Ire}) won the Listed Keertana S. in the U.S. (video). Trained by co-owner Christophe Clement for West Point Thoroughbreds and Winters Equine, LLC, the 5-year-old mare was bred in Germany by Gestut Karlshof.

She did not meet her reserve when a €75,000 buy-back at the BBAG October Sale in October of 2020, and, after productive 2021 and 2022 campaigns for her breeder and trainer Henk Grewe, the grey was offered by Ecurie des Monceaux at the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, where she caught the eye of Clement for €300,000. Her dam's juvenile filly is All I Ever Wanted (Ger) (Isfahan {Ger}), and her latest is a yearling colt by Counterattack (Aus). A daughter of German stakes winner Alwina (Ger) (Areion {Ger}), Atomic Blonde traces to Alte Zeit (Ger) (Surumu {Ger}), a German champion and winner of the German 1000 Guineas/Preis der Diana (German Oaks) when they were both Group 2. In addition, Alte Zeit was second in the G1 Deutsches Derby (German Derby).

The Grey Gatsby, a resident of Hars du Petit Tellier, has a 100% strike rate in America, with all four of his runners successful. Atomic Blonde is his second stakes winner in that locale after GIII The Very One S. heroine Mylady (Ger).



Michel Strikes At Woodbine

Mont Saint Michel (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) won a Woodbine affair at second asking for SF Racing, LLC on Saturday (video). Trained by Brendan Walsh, the 3-year-old filly was bred by SF Bloodstock, SC.

The seventh foal out of the stakes-placed Black Dahlia (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the dark bay was a €280,000 buy-back out of the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale last year. She is a half-sister to four black-type horses anchored by G2 Vintage S. hero Dark Vision (Ire) (Dream Ahead), and G3 Round Tower S. winner Lope Y Fernandez (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), who was placed at the highest level in Ireland, England, America, and twice in France. Her latest half-sibling is a 2-year-old filly by Hello Youmzain (Fr), who sold for €200,000 to One Agency from the draft of Ecurie des Monceaux.

Coolmore's Wootton Bassett now has 17 winners from 30 runners (57%) in the U.S. and Canada. Seven of that number (23%) have won stakes, with Breeders' Cup winners Audarya (Fr) and Unquestionable (Fr) leading the way.


Loterie Prevails in California

Never off the board in five starts, Living The Dream Stables, Medallion Racing, Omar Aldabbagh and Barry Fowler's Loterie (Ire) (Ten Sovereigns {Ire}) finally connected to win at Santa Anita for Phil D'Amato (video).

Originally trained by Eddie and Patrick Harty to run third in the colours of Eddie's wife at the Curragh on debut last May, the Lynch Bages-bred filly cost €30,000 as a Tattersalls Ireland September yearling when acquired by Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock from the draft of Glenvale Stud. The daughter of All To Do With It (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), herself a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Skiddaw Peak (Aus) (Generous {Ire}), was placed in the Listed Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf S. last year. Her dam has a juvenile colt by No Nay Never, an £88,000 Goffs UK Premier yearling buy by Avenue Bloodstock, and a yearling colt by Starman (GB), who was knocked down for €60,000 to Evergreen Bloodstock at the Goffs November Foal Sale to come.

One of three winners from six runners (50%) for her Coolmore sire in the U.S., Loterie is also one of three stakes-placed horses for Ten Sovereigns in that locale.




Fourth Time's The Charm For Cathal

John Sadler sent out Cathal (Ire) (No Nay Never) to win at Santa Anita on Saturday (video). The Moni Market-bred was third in his American debut over this strip in May. He currently is owned by Diamond T Racing, LLC, Iapetus Racing, LLC, Lady Marion, LLC, and Richard Alphin.

Formerly a €120,000 Goffs Orby yearling when picked up by Jason Taylor from Baroda Stud, Cathal raced for Iapetus Racing Syndicate and trainer Paddy Twomey in Ireland, with his best finish in two starts a second at Dundalk over a mile last November. The second foal and winner for his dam, Lucky At The Bay (Lucky Pulpit), herself a half to graded winner and two-time Grade I-placed sire Tamarando (Bertrand), Cathal is followed by the juvenile full-sister Never Not Lucky (Ire) and a yearling half-sister by U S Navy Flag.

Cathal is one of 45 winners from 90 runners (50%) in the U.S. for Coolmore's No Nay Never. His Meditate (Ire) won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and she is one of nine stakes winners (10%) the son of Scat Daddy has in that jurisdiction.



Zoustar's Marian Cross Prevails At Delaware

Newstead Stables, LLC's Marian Cross (GB) (Zoustar {Aus}) trotted up a half-length winner at Delaware Park for trainer Graham Motion near the end of May (video).

The 3-year-old filly, bred by The Cross Pattee Partnership, was making her fourth start and first away from Gulfstream Park. Sold for €120,000 by Baroda Stud to Form Bloodstock at the Goffs Orby Sale in 2022, the filly is a half-sister to the multiple stakes-placed Golden Spell (GB) (Al Kazeem {GB}) and is her dam, Cross Pattee (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB})'s second winner. Kin to several high class stayers, Marian Cross is from the same family as Group 1 winner Courage Mon Ami (GB) (Frankel {GB}).

Reverse shuttle stallion Zoustar has sired six winners from 11 runners (54%) in America. His best is stakes winner King Of Gosford (GB), while Starlust (GB) ran second in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.


Advertise Colt Graduates At Santa Anita

Siennois (Ire) (Advertise {GB}), who races for Little Red Feather Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, and William Strauss, won for the first time at Santa Anita for trainer Phil D'Amato earlier this month (video).

Part of the Ballylinch Stud/Ecurie des Charmes breeding programme, the dark bay brought €50,000 from Meridian International out of the Goffs Orby Sale when he was offered by co-breeder Ballylinch. Still a maiden after three starts in France for Haras du Logis Saint-Germain and Pia and Joakim Brandt, the colt changed hands privately, with Saturday being his third start in the U.S. His dam, the Teofilo (Ire) mare Cascading (GB) who was placed in the Listed Chalice S., has a yearling filly by Palace Pier (GB). Cascading is a half-sister to Group 1 winner National Defense (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

Manton Park Stud's Advertise has had four runners in the U.S., with Siennois his first winner there. Internationally, the stallion, whose eldest foals are 3-year-olds, has sired G3 Musidora S. heroine Secret Satire (GB), and two other stakes horses to date.


Repeat Winners

One of the most consistent Making Waves horses, Anisette (GB) (Awtaad {Ire}) was winning for the fifth time since traveling Stateside, and bagged her third Grade I in the Gamely S. on Memorial Day at Santa Anita (video) for trainer Leonard Powell and owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

Godolphin's Ottoman Fleet (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), featured here after taking the GII Fort Marcy S. last May, was back in the winner's circle in Churchill's GIII Arlington S. for trainer Charlie Appleby (video).

Part of a Frankie Dettori stakes double on Friday evening, Poolside With Slim (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) landed the $150,000 Penn Oaks at Penn National in Pennsylvania for trainer Rusty Arnold (video). Raced by Glenn and Sandra Bromagen and Patrick Lewis, the filly was bred by Kilweelran, Ltd and won at Gulfstream in February.

Winner Ever So Sweet (Ire) (Calyx {GB}) padded her resume with a four-length win during the Belmont at the Big A meeting last month for trainer Brad Cox (video). Owned by Gregory Hoffman, R.T Racing Stable and Clay Schere, the 3-year-old filly had appeared in Making Waves when graduating at second asking in September.


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