Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The winners keep rolling in for freshman sire Suave, with two more juveniles breaking their maidens on Dec. 15. Suave now has sired 16 winners from his first crop, including the stakes winner Tlaquepaque and the Grade 2 stakes filly Suave Voir Faire, who was second in the Golden Rod S. (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Suave ranks among the top 20 freshman sires by earnings, with $540,000. Only six first-year stallions at stud in Kentucky have sired more 2010 winners, and just three in the nation have more multiple winners.
Suave's two newest winners came in two countries. At Aqueduct, Tough Market was the easiest kind of winner, strolling home by 8 3/4-lengths in a one mile maiden event over the inner dirt track. Bred in Kentucky by her owner Camelia Casby, the bay filly stalked the pace in second for the first four furlongs, moved to the front on the turn and never looked back as she pulled away from the competition with ease.
Tough Market is a half-sibling to three other winners, including the three-time added money winning colt Law Enforcement, who was a stakes winner at age two and like Tough Market was owned and bred by Casby.
Suave's other winner on the day came in Mexico, where Portugues claimed his first career victory. The Kentucky-bred dark bay or brown colt out of Libre, by Fly So Free, sold at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale for $30,000 to buyer Jacobo Nahmad.
Portugues is a half-brother to multiple stakes-winning juvenile Flamenco, winner of the Victoria S. at Woodbine and Cowdin S. at Belmont, and runner-up in the Sanford S. (G2) at Saratoga.