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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