Mill Ridge & Nicoma News

KEEPER HILL lives on.

January 13, 2017

KEEPER HILL our 1998 Kentucky Oaks winner, lives on in her colt FAWREE.  He won a maiden race at Meydan for owner Sheikh Mohammed and breeders John A. Chandler, Jamm Ltd, Shug McGaughey & Mill Ridge Farm.

1st-MEY, $45,000, Mdn, 1-12, 3yo, 1600m, 1:37.68, ft.

FAWREE (c, 3, Candy Ride--Keeper Hill {MGISW-US, $1,661,281}, by Deputy Minister), a son of 1998 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Keeper Hill (Deputy Minister), improved for a runner-up effort to Godolphin's Capezzano (Bernardini) on his 1400m debut Dec. 29 to impressively take out a 1600m maiden in the Thursday opener at Meydan. Ridden by South African Bernard Fayd=herbe for trainer Mike de Kock, Fawree attended what appeared to be a good pace, also disputed by the well-regarded Bee Jersey (Jersey Town). That duo more or less had the race between them as they hit the top of the stretch, but despite sitting the wider trip, Fawree proved the superior stayer on the day and drew clear nicely to take it by about five lengths from Bee Jersey. A $17,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2015, Fawree improved dramatically and fetched $240,000 from Jehan Malherbe's Form Bloodstock at the 2016 OBS April sale. The winner is a half-brother to Kentucky-based sire Keep Up (Unbridled's Song), GSW-US, $300,545. Fawree is the most recent produce of the mare. Sales history: $17,000 yrl >15 KEESEP; $240,000 2yo >16 OBSAPR.

Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $35,169.  O-Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum; B-John A. Chandler, Jamm LTD., C. R. McGaughey III & Mill Ridge Farm, (KY); T-Mike de Kock.