Lizzie leads the Way for Americain

Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain (USA) sired his second Kentucky-bred winner when Lizzie’s Way streeted a turf maiden field over 1600m at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.

The Rene Amescua-trained filly was unhurried in the early stages before jockey Juan Hernandez sent her on a searching four-wide rally around the home turn.  She collared the leader Silver Minx and then raced away to score by 5 lengths.

Lizzie’s Way was bred by Americain’s part-owners Kevin & Christine Bamford and sold for $10,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale to My Way Racing.  She is the first foal of Darley-bred mare Water Ice (Shamardal) who won a Wolverhampton nursery in July 2010.

“We bought a few mares to go to Americain in Kentucky but we sold Water Ice just a few days ago,” Colleen said.  “I really liked her and she’s beautifully bred being by Shamardal.”

There have been 5 Americain starters to date that were conceived at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.  Folk Magic was the first of them and she won by 3 lengths on debut at Woodbine.  American Deluxe could be another early winner following an encouraging second at Belmont Park.

Americain had two 2YOs change hands at the NZB Ready To Run Sale at Karaka last week.  The colt from Fair Choice was purchased for $90,000 by Mark Pilkington and the colt out of Half Eight sold to Singapore for $60,000.