Chestnut grandson nominated for US Triple Crown
Drakenstein Stud’s successful resident sire Horse Chestnut is the maternal grandsire of the very exciting US 3yo Ocho Ocho Ocho –one of the top rated US based 3yos this season.
Ocho Ocho Ocho is also one of 429 3yos who have been nominated for the US Triple Crown later this year.
The first leg of the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby, due to be run this year on May 2nd, followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 16th, and the final leg is the Belmont Stakes run on June 6th. The Preakness and the Belmont raised their purses last year to $1.5 million apiece. The Derby is worth $2 million, bringing the total prize money available in the three races to $5 million.
No horse has won the treble since Affirmed back in 1978.
Winner of the Gr3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes last year, Ocho Ocho is currently unbeaten in three outings and has already amassed prize money of over $690 000. He is joint ninth on the points standings for the 2015 Kentucky Derby, having already accumulated 10 points to qualify for the Churchill Downs classic.
The Jim Cassidy trained colt is working towards his 3yo debut which is likely to come in the Gr2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7th. A son of former Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, Ocho Ocho is out of the Horse Chestnut mare Winner, who sold for $700 000 at last year’s Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.