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Magna Graduate to Darby Dan for 2009
RSS Feeds Monday, September 15, 2008

Elisabeth Alexander will stand her multiple graded stakes winner Magna Graduate at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.

Magna Graduate won the 2005 Clark Handicap (G2) and five other graded stakes races for Alexander, the chairman of the Ohio Racing Commission.

"Magna Graduate's sire, Honor Grades, stood here and we are excited at the opportunity for him to follow in his father's footsteps," Darby Dan owner John Phillips said. "His attractiveness, heart, and durability will make him popular among breeders looking for value and a proven race record. We are excited to work with Ms. Alexander, such a prominent member of the Ohio racing community, especially given Darby Dan Farm's deep Ohio connections."

Magna Graduate finished second to Fairbanks in the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (G2) on September 27 in his most recent start for trainer Steve Asmussen. He has finished second or third in nine group or graded stakes races, including a second-place finish by a head to Flashy Bull in the 2007 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1). He finished fourth and was promoted to third via disqualification in the 2006 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1).

In 33 career starts, Magna Graduate has nine wins and earnings of $2,494,821.  The six-year-old Honor Grades horse out of Peacock Alley, by Fast Play, will stand for $5,000. He will be syndicated upon completion of his racing career.