West Coast Belle, a filly closely related to Drakenstein Stud’s promising sire Philanthropist, is one of seven fillies set to do battle in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.
The Ashland, one of the leading preps for the G1 Kentucky Oaks next month, is a 1700m dirt race for the 3yo fillies and it has been won by some outstanding thoroughbreds over the years.
Past champions to have won the Ashland include Go For Wand, Princess Rooney, Silverbulletday and Philanthropist’s Breeders Cup winning relative Inside Information, to name but a few.
West Coast Belle (a daughter of leading sire Tapit) was a dual stakes winner at two last year, when the grey’s victories included a score in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes.
She is out of a granddaughter of former G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Dispute, herself a direct descendant (like Philanthropist) of former Broodmare Of The Year Grey Flight.
North America’s Leading Sire on Synthetics in 2014, Philanthropist has made a tremendous start to his South African stud career, with first crop yearlings fetching up to R700 000.
He has 10 lots on offer at the inaugural Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, where Philanthropist’s draft includes a colt out of the high class stakes winning mare School Assembly, a filly out of former Oaks winner Time Piece, and a filly out of champion Vercingetorix’s G3 winning half sister Trinity House.
Philanthropist also has an exceptional draft at this month’s National Yearling Sale, where his 16 strong string includes half sister to talented two-year-old Vous Et Var, a beautifully bred half brother to the stakes winning siblings Brown Penny and Night Trip, and a half brother to champion Jeppe’s Reef and his dual G3 Algoa Cup winning half brother Disco Al.