The Lane’s End stallions put the finishing touches on March with a final weekend of progeny performances that hopefully will bode well for the coming months.
On Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, LANGFUHR‘s Euroears put in a fine effort in the $2 million G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. The winner of the G2 Palos Verdes in January, he was put on the front end and led most of the way before grudgingly giving way to international sprint star Rocket Man (Aus). His runner-up effort earned him a $400,000 payday, bringing his earnings to $891,000.
Also finishing second on the World Cup card was KINGMAMBO’s son Master Of Hounds, who just lost the bob to Kwahlah (Ire) in the $2 million G2 UAE Derby. The Susan Magnier-owned three-year-old colt, bred on the celebrated KINGMAMBO-Sadler’s Wells cross, could be pointed for the G1 Kentucky Derby!
In America, MINESHAFT‘s three-year-old colt Nehro announced himself as a late arrival on the Triple Crown scene. The $170,000 KEESEP yearling came flying up the rail to be second in the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. The Zayat colorbearer was coming off a driving 4 1/2-length maiden win at the track. MINESHAFT is also the sire of Courtlandt Farm’s Philippe, second by a neck on the same afternoon’s Hansel S. at Turfway. In the other big race for three-year-olds at Fair Grounds, the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks for fillies, CANDY RIDE (ARG)‘s Niji’s Grand Girl ran third. Meanwhile, SMART STRIKE‘s Smart Bid earned a well-deserved first graded success on the card, taking the G2 Mervin H. Muniz JR. Memorial H. in a blanket finish.
A day later, A.P. INDY‘s three-year-old colt Astrology, winner of the G3 Iroquois S. at Churchill last fall, made his first start of the season in the $800,000 graded, Sunland Derby and ran well to be second for the Stonestreet & George Bolton/Steve Asmussen team.