Chestnut grandson Kentucky Derby bound!
Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Horse Chestnut could well be represented as a broodmare sire in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The former South African Triple Crown winners rates as the maternal grandsire of one of the most exciting 2yo colts currently in training in North America in the form of Ocho Ocho Ocho.
The latter made it three wins from as many outings when he won Saturday’s Gr3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes. Ocho Ocho Ocho, who hails from the Jim Cassidy barn, dug down deep to get the better of the taltented Malibu Moon colt Mr Z. in a tight stretch duel. Mr Z., fifth last time out in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile, had previously been placed in three graded races and was second in the Gr1 Breeders Futurity.
It was a second straight stakes win for Ocho Ocho Ocho, with the colt having previously tasted success in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on Breeders Cup weekend.
Ocho Ocho Ocho has now earned over $690 000 and looks to be an exciting future prospect.
A son of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Ocho Ocho, who picked up ten qualifying points for next year’s Derby by winning Saturday’s race, is out of the Horse Chestnut matron Winner.
Winner, in foal to leading sire Bernardini, herself was knocked down for $700 000 at the recent Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Horse Chestnut is already a proven broodmare sire, with his daughters having coming up with the likes of champions Suggestive Boy (Easing Along) and Mark My Word (Market Rally), as well as the 2013 G3 Tercentary Stakes hero Cannock Chase (Lemon Drop Kid).