Lindsay Park stallion Good Journey sired his first North American winner when Farallon was successful at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday.
Farallon (2f Good Journey – Agua de Mayo by Mr Greeley) won by 8 lengths over 1100m. She is trained by Bud Klokstad for owner-breeder Pacific Ridge Stable.
Farallon is Good Journey’s first winner in North America but she isn’t his first Northern American bred winner. His Russian based filly Rassamakha (USA) won the G3 Fillies Trial Stakes (1200m) at Krasnodar on May 22. She is trained by Vadim Kulinich for Agro-Galan LLC and cost $4,500 at the 2009 Barretts California yearling sale.
Good Journey was a G1 winner of the Atto Mile at Woodbine and he originally stood at Ealing Park in Victoria from 2003 until 2006. There were only 111 live foals in those four seasons and, to date, there have been 39 winners at a 53% strike-rate.
Topping the list is G1 WATC Derby winner Grand Journey and G2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes winner Sound Journey. Another stakes winner of the future is the Dennis Daffy trained gelding Miles Above. He won over 2000m at Flemington earlier this month and has been nominated for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
After E.I. in 2007, Good Journey was hot property in Australia and Lindsay Park’s Sam Hayes bought a half-share in him from Rich Sulpizio of Magali Farms in California.
Good Journey shuttled to the historic Angaston property in 2008 covering 119 mares at an $18,000 service fee. He will stand his third Australian season at $13,200. His 2010 fee in California was US$7,500.
Bred by the Niarchos family, Good Journey is a son of Nureyev and G1 Coronation stakes winner Chimes Of Freedom (Private Account). He is from the immediate family of fellow Australian shuttlers Denon (Pleasant Colony) and Spinning World (Nureyev).