In the last few weeks alone, third-crop sire SHAKESPEARE has had at least four eye-catching winners at the country’s biggest tracks.
At Keeneland on Apr. 24, his 3yo son Gefest took a nine-furlong allowance race by 2 1/2 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. Produced by the LEMON DROP KID mare Snow Kid, he is owned by Olympia Star Inc. and trained by Jim Corrigan. Mikhail Yankakov bred Gefest, who earned a 91 BRIS speed rating for the win.
At Belmont Park on Derby Day, William Schettine’s 3yo homebred filly Moonlit Sonnet made it look easy in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special on the turf. Off at 2-1 odds, the Lisa Lisa trainee was up on the pace before powering away to a four-length success in the lane. Moonlit Sonnet was coming off a close-up third at Gulfstream.
Down at Calder May 5, the 3yo filly Expropriate earned her diploma in maiden special going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Bred by Alexander Schettine and owned by The 3 Maria’s Racing Stable, the Antonio Sano-trained filly rallied four wide and asserted late to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
And last but not least, at Betfair Hollywood Park, the 4yo Et Tu Walker continued his own strong run. The Doug O’Neill-trained ridgling pounced from a stalking perch to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a grassy six-furlong dash Apr. 25. The final time was a smart 1:09 1/5, which earned him a 91 BRIS fig. Owned by O’Neill, Jeff Ho and Gary Margolis, Et Tu Walker was bred by Triple Z Stable. Since joining the O’Neil stable last summer, he’s put together a record of 9-3-3-1.
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