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George Strawbridge Jr. wins 4 GS

October 16, 2015

George Strawbridge Jr. (friend/client) wins 4 graded stakes with homebreds in just four days.  "It doesn't get much better.  Mr. Strawbridge is a pleasure to work with for over 20 years." said Headley Bell.

Sunday, Keeneland
ROOD AND RIDDLE DOWAGER S.-GIII, $125,000, KEE, 10-18, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/2mT, 2:30.37, fm.
1--KITTEN'S POINT, 123, m, 5, by Kitten’s Joy/ Rendezvous Point, by Kingmambo
O-Augustin Stable; B-George Strawbridge (PA); T-H Graham Motion; J-Edgar S. Prado. $75,000. Lifetime Record: GISP, 19-7-3-3, $597,565.

Kitten’s Point, who captured the GIII Bewitch S. over this course and distance in April, charged to a late-running victory as the favorite Sunday.  “I had a beautiful trip,” reported winning rider Edgar Prado. “She broke running out of there. I was able to sit right behind the speed. She gave me everything she had in the stretch. She’s a gutsy filly. She knows
the way [to the finish]. The victory was the second graded win of the weekend for owner/breeder George Strawbridge, who captured Saturday’s GIII Hawthorne Derby with Lucky Lindy (Harlan’s Holiday). Strawbridge also teamed with trainer Graham Motion and jockey Edgar Prado to win Thursday’s GIII Sycamore S. with Holiday Star (Harlan’s Holiday). Strawbridge purchased the winner’s dam Rendezvous Point for $500,000 at the 2002 Keeneland July yearling sale. 

Saturday, Ascot, Britain
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP-G2,
£345,000, ASC, 10-17, 3yo/up, 16fT, 3:32.19, g/s.
1 - FLYING OFFICER, 133, h, 5, by Dynaformer/Vignette (SW-US, $132,882), by Diesis (GB)
O/B-George Strawbridge (PA); T-John Gosden; J-Frankie Dettori. £195,650. Lifetime Record: 9-6-1-0, $432,185. *Full to Lucarno, Hwt. 3yo-Eng at 14+f & G1SW-Eng, $1,146,233; and Thought Worthy, GSW-Eng, $343,387. 
Only sixth in this stamina test when still in the early stages of his maturity 12 months ago, Flying Officer showed how much he has come forward in the interim by registering an ultimately comfortable success for the omnipresent John Gosden-Frankie Dettori partnership.  Settled in mid-division early against the fence, the bay was the first of the main protagonists to be asked to make a move.  Flying Officer had command up ahead and may have been idling as he wandered around late on. “He was very brave for me and took every gap,” commented Dettori. “He’s got very low mileage, is a big unit and he’s unbeaten this year, so is on the way up.” Gosden has the other big “Cup” races for stayers earmarked in 2016 and added, “Today he got his act together, as he’s quite a character and we’ll put him away for next year. His brother Lucarno was a big, aggressive horse, but he is more inclined to have a look around. Flying Officer is a full-brother to the G1 St Leger scorer Lucarno. 

Saturday, Hawthorne
HAWTHORNE DERBY-GIII, $150,000, HAW, 10-17, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.26, fm.
1--LUCKY LINDY, 120, c, 3, by Harlan's Holiday/Celebrate, by Rahy
O-Augustin Stable; B-George Strawbridge (ON); T-Mark Frostad; J-Robby Albarado. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 7-3-2-1,
$276,571. *1/2 to Occasional View (Silvery Deputy), GSW, $385,866

Lucky Lindy gave his late sire a second graded stakes win on the afternoon and owner George Strawbridge a second
graded-stakes winner by the sire in the last three days with an off-the-pace tally in a spill-marred renewal of the
Hawthorne Derby just outside the city limits of Chicago. Steered to the outside by Robby Albarado, Lucky Lindy
caught the eye approaching the stretch and powered to the front.  Lucky Lindy’s dam is a half to Canadian champion 3-year-old and dual Classic winner Archers Bay (Silver Deputy).

SYCAMORE S.-GIII, $100,000, KEE, 10-15, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:33.06, fm.
1--HOLIDAY STAR, 121, g, 5, by Harlan's Holiday/Spring Star, by Deputy Minister
O-Augustin Stable; B-George Strawbridge (PA); T-H Graham Motion; J-Edgar S Prado. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 19-6-3-2, $311,019. 

When morning-line favorite Da Big Hoss (Lemon Drop Kid) was announced as an early scratch, it left Thursday’s GIII Sycamore S. as a more wide open affair, but at the end of 12 very methodically run furlongs, it was Augustin Stables’ Holiday Star who proved successful. Holiday Star tracked the very easy pace from a three- or four-wide. Edgar Prado allowed Holiday Star to slide up ever closer to the pacesetting duo as the field reached the end of the backstretch for the final time. Having run 26-second quarter-miles to the head of the lane, for all intents and purposes, Holiday Star swept to the front three or four away from the fence with three-sixteenths of a mile to race as several horses looked in with a shot.   “[Jockey] Edgar [Prado] called it right. He didn’t want to be too far off the pace,” offered winning trainer Graham Motion. “He wanted to be a little bit towards the outside. This horse is really consistent; he’s a remarkable horse. I think he likes this turf course a lot.”  Holiday Star’s second dam, Alice Springs, was Group 3-placed in France and was a three-time Grade II winner and twice Grade I-placed in the United States.  

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