Cana looks a real improver for Spendthrift Australia and she took the next step up the ladder at Randwick on Saturday.
A winner on debut at Hawkesbury, she sat outside the lead in the Bowermans Furniture Hcp (1400m) and pulled out plenty when challenged in a class-record 1.21.67s. “It was an outstanding win,” Team Hawkes tweeted. “Congrats Spendthrift Farm.”
Connections have been patient with the well-bred filly after she was knocked down for $650,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale. The daughter of Fastnet Rock is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to G1 Newmarket Hcp winner Wanted.
Saturday’s Randwick meeting also marked 12 months since its first-season sire Hampton Court won the G1 Spring Champion Stakes. The Redoute’s Choice stallion is the locally-bred foundation sire at Spendthrift’s Romsey property for fees of $11,000 (Share The Upside) or $8,800 (Stands & Nurses).
Spendthrift Australia has been active in the North American market building its Kentucky roster with new signings Race Day and Palace.
Race Day (Tapit) won back-to-back in the G3 Razorback Hcp and G2 Oaklawn Hcp earlier this year and is being pointed towards the G2 Fayette Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Keeneland.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Race Day earned a 109 Beyer rating making him and champion Tonalist the only progeny by Tapit to record multiple speed figures that high in the last year. His Oaklawn victory in 1:47.93 for 1800m marked the fastest win in the race since Medaglia d’Oro in 2003.
Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Group 1 winning millionaire Palace. A son of City Zip, he’s set to retire after the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland.
Palace owns 11 wins in 26 lifetime starts for trainer Linda Rice who also campaigned City Zip. Palace broke through on the national scene at Belmont in 2014 and then went to Saratoga for wins in the G1 Vanderbilt Hcp (1200m) and G1 Forego Stakes (1400m).
Spendthrift has confirmed Court Vision (Gulch) and Victor’s Cry (Street Cry) will return from Canada to stand at its Kentucky base in 2016. Their relocation continues the fallout from the decision to end the “slots-at-racetracks” program by Ontario’s provincial government.