Promising Californian colt Miceli has an Australian connection going all the way back to Mansfield and Wagga.
Miceli (3c War Chant – Tracktalk by Armidale) scored by four lengths at Turfway Park on January 16 and doubled up at Santa Anita on Friday in an allowance for three year-olds over 1600m.
The colt duelled with British-bred pacemaker Meringue Pie (Sakhee’s Secret) before edging clear in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length. He was bred in Kentucky by R Cher Family Farms and is trained for them by Adam Kitchingman.
Kitchingman grew up at Mansfield and winning sire War Chant shuttles to Yarradale Stud in Western Australia. His dam was bred at Riverdene Stud in Wagga and was exported to North America, via New Zealand, in 2003.
Kitchingman began riding while chasing sheep, cattle and kangaroos around the family farm in Victoria’s high-country. Aged 19, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Great Mountain Race of Victoria which perpetuates the legend of ‘The Man from Snowy River’.
After starting out with trainer Alan Bailey, he managed a farm in Japan for two years before moving to California where he worked for Hall of Famers Charlie Wittingham and Bob Baffert. “I’ve been blessed to have a job I love with loyal clients and staff that are like family,” Kitchingman said. “Miceli made it three wins a row for us at Santa Anita.”
Other recent winners for the stable have been She’s a Go Girl (Silver Train) and Let Em Shine (Songandaprayer) who will be set for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November.
Miceli was conceived in Kentucky when War Chant covered Aussie expat Tracktalk at Three Chimneys Farm.
Riverdene Stud owner Kevin Pendergast sold Tracktalk as a foal for $5,000 at the 2001 Inglis Melbourne June Sale. Pin-hooked for $30,000 at the 2002 NZB Select Sale, she won at Tauranga and Otaki as well as finishing second in the G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
Miceli is her second winner from two to race. Excessive Chatter (In Excess) was the first and she has a 2yo filly by Midnight Lute.
– Karl Patterson
War Chant colt wins again at Santa Anita