Dalacine Farm sire Indy King (USA) was represented by his first NZ-bred winner at Otaki on Friday.
His grey colt King’s Secret won the FMG Farmlands Maiden (800m) by a nose at his second start for local trainer Johno Benner and part-owners Chris Rutten & John Norwood. It’s the same team that races this year’s Karaka Million winner Vespa.
King’s Secret (2c Indy King – Foxy Boss by Oregon) made $12,000 when offered by Highden Park at the 2013 NZB Festival Sale. He was the only yearling from Indy King’s first Kiwi crop offered at Karaka.
King’s Secret holds a nomination for the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at Awapuni on March 29. His dam Foxy Boss was a Trentham winner by staying influence Oregon and his second dam is a half-sister to Amarant (G1 Brisbane Cup & G1 Adelaide Cup).
Indy King has been based at Dalacine Farm in Palmerston North since 2010. He is by champion sire A P Indy from Group 1 winning mare Queena (Mr Prospector) making him a half-brother to former Vinery shuttler Brahms.
Unraced due to injury, he stood at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky before relocating to New Zealand. His first crops featured G3 Ohio Derby winner Pleasant Prince, LR Assiniboia Oaks winner Mindy Queen and the black-type winners Indy Joe and Queen Lilly Kay.
Had it not been for the financial downturn in the USA, Dalacine Farm would never have been able to afford to buy a horse like Indy King. As it was, the day after clinching the deal, Stronach received a much higher offer from another farm.
Indy King colt pictured prior to the 2013 Karaka yearling sale