Saturday, November 27, 2010
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend was good to Darby Dan horses at both Aqueduct and Churchill Downs, with runners sold, bred, raised and sired at Darby Dan making their presence felt.
At Aqueduct on Nov. 27, Seeking the Title was a good third in the Grade 1 Gazelle S, her fourth top-three finish in a graded stakes this year. Owned by Charles Fipke, Seeking the Title has had very good 2010 earning $251,237. Earlier this year, she won the Iowa Oaks (G3), was second in the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3), and third in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G3).
Seeking the Title was foaled and raised at Darby Dan, and her dam is still boarded at the farm. Seeking the Title has always been highly regarded, since Mr. Fipke purchased her in utero for $1,700,000. Her dam is a daughter of Personal Ensign, and two of her first three dams are Broodmares of the Year.
Also at Aqueduct, Darby Dan sales grad Qualia was third in the Grade 2 Top Flight H. on Friday, Nov. 26. The 4-year-old daughter of Saarland was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC. Darby Dan consigned her to the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Summer yearling sale, where she sold for $160,000 to Mark Keller, agent. The filly is a daughter of the three-time stakes winning mare Amalake. Qualia has a very nice overall record of 4-2-1 in nine starts, earning $168,766. She was second in the Bed O Roses H. (G3) this past July.
At Churchill Downs on Nov. 27, a pair of 2-year-olds by Darby Dan sires turned in noteworthy performances.
Suave Voir Faire, by Suave, was third in the Grade 2 Golden Rod S. for fillies. The dark bay or brown filly has been in the top three in three of her four starts, earning $34,102. Suave is the sire of 13 winners in his first crop, and his four repeat winners ranks fifth among all freshman sires.
Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm, Suave Voir Faire is the latest of nine foals from the mare Avie's Song. She has eight winners from the group, including the stakes winners My Lady Avie and Doc Calls Her Kate. She is owned by Fleur De Lis Stable, LLC.
Earlier on the card, Daylasoul, by Perfect Soul, broke her maiden by four lengths in a 1 1/16 mile maiden race on the grass. The chestnut filly is owned by her breeder Michael Harrison and trained by Ken McPeek. She is out of Miss What a Day, who is a sibling to four stakes winners, including Landaluce S. (G2) Rhapsodic.