Making Waves: Mehmas Filly Shines In Oceanport

Tax Implications | Sarah Andrew


   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week's column is highlighted by the victory of Tax Implications in the Eatontown Stakes last weekend.

Mehmas's Tax Implications Lands Eatontown

The duo of Chad Brown and Klaravich Stables combined to send out Tax Implications (GB) (Mehmas {Ire}) to win the GIII Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park last Saturday (video).

Bred by Aoife Kent, the chestnut filly was originally a 75,000gns foal when put the Tattersalls December Foal Sale by Mickley Stud, with JC Bloodstock signing the ticket. The daughter of Country Madam (Ire) (Medaglia d'Oro) brought 250,000gns from Mike Ryan when re-offered by Mountain View Stud during Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Tax Implications has earned an additional four stakes placings besides her Eatontown win, and Country Madam is a half-sister to a pair of stakes winners, with pride of place given to multiple group winner and young sire Invincible Army (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

Mehmas's American record now stands at 14 winners from 23 runners (61%). The Tally-Ho Stud-based son of Acclamation (GB) also has five stakes winners there to his credit (22%), with Going Global (Ire) and Chez Pierre (Fr) both Grade 1 winners.


Papilio Takes Churchill Affair

GII Appalachian Stakes heroine Papilio (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) won at Churchill Downs on Thursday (video). Trained by Mark Casse, the 4-year-old is owned by D. J. Stable, Medallion Racing and Parkland Thoroughbreds.

Bred by SCEA Marmion and Alain Jathiere, the bay was a €60,000 purchase out of the Arqana August Yearling Sale by Shawn Dugan from the draft of Haras de la Louviere. During her five-race Irish campaign for some of the Coolmore partners and trainer Fozzy Stack, she was second in the Listed Churchill Stakes at Tipperary in May of 2022. Out of the unraced Glafyra (Fr) (High Chaparral {Ire}), Papilio is a half-sister to a yearling colt by Twilight Son (GB). Her dam is a half-sister to group winners Balius (Ire) (Mujahid) and Delfos (Ire) (Green Tune), with the former second in the G1 Hong Kong Cup.

Coolmore's reverse shuttle stallion Starspangledbanner (Aus) is credited with a baker's dozen of winners in America from 23 runners (56%). His strike rate of stakes winners to runners there stands at 30%. Of his seven black-type winners, both Rhea Moon (Ire) and State Of Rest (Ire) are Grade I winners.



George Vancouver Gelding Wins American Debut

Divin Propos (Fr) (George Vancouver) earned the third win of his career at Santa Anita recently for trainer Phil D'Amato (video).

Raced by Madaket Stables, Panic Stable and William Strauss, the Listed La Coupe de Marseille third bore the silks of Jim Kelly earlier in his career through seven French starts, winning two of them for trainer Bruno de Montzey. Sold to his current owners–with Mandore International Agency acting on their behalf when a €150,000 Arqana Arc Sale graduate last September–Divin Propos was bred by Haras du Puy Bouillard. His dam visited the winner's circle eight times, and the bay is kin to the listed winner and group-placed Sysmo (Fr) (My Risk {Fr}).

George Vancouver, who was last reported to be standing in France, has just two runners Stateside. Besides the winner, La Feve (Fr), third in the GIII Sweetest Chant Stakes, is his other representative.

Without Parole's Full-Brother Graduates Beneath Twin Spires

Rebel Red (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who is raced by his breeder John Gunther with Eurowest Bloodstock Services, got off the mark making his first start beyond a mile at Churchill Downs on Sunday (video).The colt was a 360,000gns buy-back during Book 1 of the Tattersalls October sale in 2021, and made his first two starts in England for Ralph Beckett before being shipped to America.

The son of Without You Babe (Lemon Drop Kid) is a half-brother to GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz (Speightstown), stakes winner and GIII Athenia Stakes third She's Got You (GB) (Kingman {GB}), and a full-brother to G1 St James's Palace Stakes winner and Newsells Park Stud sire Without Parole (GB). Without You Babe, in turn, is a half-sister to three stakes winners, with multiple Grade I winner and sire Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) the best of them.

Juddmonte's Frankel needs no introduction, and Rebel Red was his 29th winner in the U.S. from 57 runners (51%). An even dozen of his progeny has won stakes (21%), with all three of his Grade I winners scoring in either the Breeders' Cup or ultra competitive New York circuit.



Showcasing Gelding Scores In New York

Another Klaravich Stables runner, Unit Economics (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), has been knocking on the door of a maiden win, and joined the ranks of winners with a one-length victory during the ongoing Belmont at the Big A meeting for trainer Chad Brown earlier this month (video).

Bred by Mickley Stud and D Willis, the chestnut is out of the dual winner Cherubic (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}), and is her second foal and one of three winners. Consigned by Mickley Stud to the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, he brought 110,000gns from Peter and Ross Doyle, before being re-offered by Pier House Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1, and catching the eye of Mike Ryan for 200,000gns. This is the extended family of U.S. Champion Juvenile Filly Phone Chatter (Phone Trick).

Whitsbury Manor Stud's Showcasing has an admirable record in America, having sired 14 winners from 26 runners for a strike rate of 54%. Among his runners there are six stakes winners, anchored by the Grade II-winning trio of Projected (GB), Prize Exhibit (GB) and Bodhicitta (GB). The latter pair have both placed at the highest level.



Wootton Bassett Filly Shines In Indiana

Augustin Stables' Kahuraru (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) prevailed at first asking at Horseshoe Indianapolis on Monday for trainer Jonathan Thomas.

The daughter of Perle Rare (Distorted Humor), picked up for $425,000 by Nicoma Bloodstock from Runnymede Farm, was bred by Haras d'Etreham, Yacatec SARL and Cofinvest. A half-sister to the Listed Prix Aymeri de Mauleon winner Perseverants (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}), the winner is a granddaughter of Group 2 winner Peinture Rare (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), herself a half-sister to European champion and sire Peintre Celebre (Nureyev), who won the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and two other stakes winners.

Coolmore's Wootton Bassett celebrated his 17th winner in America with Kahuraru's win (51%) from 33 runners. Breeders' Cup winners Audarya (Fr) and Unquestionable (Fr) are two of his seven stakes winners in that jurisdiction (21%).


Empress Reigns At Monmouth

Denford Stud homebred Eastern Empress (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) found the Monmouth Park turf to her liking with a three-length win on June 15 (video). Christophe Clement has been her trainer of record after five starts in Britain for John and Thady Gosden.

The 12th offspring of the stakes-placed Darshaan (GB) mare Intrigued (GB), the 4-year-old filly is a half-sister to stakes winners Michelangelo (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Private Secretary (GB) (Kingman {GB}), with the former third in the G1 St. Leger. Another sibling, the Dansili (GB) mare Curious Mind (GB), is the dam of St. Leger hero Galileo Chrome (Ire) (Australia {GB}).

Darley's Dubawi is responsible for 42 winners from 82 runners (51%) in the U.S. His 22 North American stakes winners (27%) include 10 Grade I winners (12%). Among that elite bunch are Breeders' Cup winners In Italian (GB), Master Of The Seas (Ire), Modern Games (Ire), Yibir (GB), Rebel's Romance (Ire), Space Blues (Ire), and Wuheida (GB).


Repeat Winners:

It has been over a year since Belouni (Fr) (Fast Company {Ire}) featured in Making Waves when winning the Woodhaven Stakes, but the gelding was back in the winner's circle during the Belmont at the Big A meeting earlier this month for trainer Chad Brown (video). The Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Michael Kisber and William Rucker-owned runner was making his 12th lifetime start.

Laurence Goichman's Alluring Angel (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) returns to this column for the first time since taking an Aqueduct allowance last November. Successful at the Belmont at the Big A meeting on Thursday (video), the dual stakes-placed daughter of All Of Me (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) is trained by Chad Brown.

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