MESTA PARK (Pictured) is entered in the 5th race on Sunday June 27th at Lone Star Park. He is making his first shot since having a disaster at the break at Will Rogers Downs and going all the way to his head, losing all chance. We think this gelding has a bright future, particularly in Oklahoma State Bred races, but he has the talent to win races anywhere.
There are several "WOW" pedigrees in the race that I wanted to shed some light on.
First, the # 3 horse, AMERICAN CODE, is by American Pharoah out of Harmony Lodge. American Pharoah is well known by all of the general public as a triple crown winner and frankly one of the best horses of the last few generations. To see one of his offspring in an allowance at Lone Star is not news in amongst itself as he had about 130 foals per crop. The unique thing about this horse is his mother, Harmony Lodge, a multiple graded stakes winner, including the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga . American Code cost $350,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, so was an attractive yearling if not a knockout.
So a foal out of a Grade 1 winner in an allowance race at Lone Star featuring my Oklahoma Bred Mesta Park is a bit unique. How about one out of a multiple Grade 2 winner in the same race? The # 7 horse IRISH UNITY is by Pioneerofthenile (sire of American Pharoah) and out of Justwhistledixie. Justwhistledixie was owned in a partnership including West Point and others, and was a two time Grade 2 Winning Sprinter, winning the Davona Dale and the Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park. Irish Unity is a homebred for Clearsky Farms, one of the best in the game, and is trained by Steve Assmussen.
The #6 horse, BRAD'S TIME, is perfect, winning his only start. This $120,000 two year old is by Not This Time, the leading second crop sire. He was sold as a two year old by David McKathan and his Grassroots, which does a tremendous job.
The #2 horse, SAG HARBOUR, was a $125,000 two year old. He is a son of leading sprinter Palace, and was one of his higher priced yearlings and then two year olds. He was by far his dam's highest price foal, so you know he possess a good physical appearance.
So, as we know about this business, pedigree means a great deal, but there are plenty of exceptions. And in this race you have high priced royally bred horses and "cheap" modestly bred horses all chasing the same prize. As the saying goes, the horses don't know how much they cost...
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