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Shackleford sires first winner in Gulfstream MdSpWt
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Darby Dan Farm’s freshman sire Shackleford, the three-time Grade 1 winner of such notable races as the Preakness S. (G1) at three and Met Mile (G1) at four, sired his first winner on Friday when 2-year-old colt Little Nappy scored a wire-to-wire victory in a $55,000 Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park [VIDEO].

Trained by Carlo Vaccarezza, the dark bay colt broke alertly and contested the early pace into the turn of the 4 ½-furlong race before taking command at the top of the stretch and proving best to the wire. He stopped the clock in 52.62 seconds over a fast local main track, earning $24,000 for the win for owners Little Dreams Racing.

Bred in New York by Spruce Lane Farm & Shackleford Syndicate, Little Nappy is out of the Seeking the Gold mare French Laundry.

On the track, Shackleford was the leading 3-year-old money earner and an Eclipse finalist in 2012 after running first or second in the Florida Derby (G1), Preakness S. (G1), Haskell Inv. (G1), Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and Indiana Derby (G2). The grand-looking chestnut colt captured his biggest wins in the aforementioned Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in wire-to-wire fashion, and Met Mile, where he earned a 115 Beyer. Shackleford also won the Churchill Downs S. (G2) and Clark H. (G1) as a 4-year-old, closing out his racing career in the latter. 

By Forestry, Shackleford retired to Darby Dan as the only American classic winner at stud from the acclaimed Storm Cat sire line. He’s out of the Unbridled mare and 2011 Broodmare of the Year, Oatsee. Shackleford’s first-crop of 2-year-olds have proved to be in high demand at the sales in 2016, with individuals bringing $340,000, $310,000, $280,000, $250,000, etc. He is currently standing at Darby Dan for a fee of $20,000 stands and nurses.