Stunning stakes double for Philanthropist
Drakenstein Stud’s superbly bred young stallion Philanthropist has enjoyed a great run of form with his overseas runners in 2014.
Philanthropist sired runners have won six stakes races this year alone, and the sire was once again in the headlines at Woodbine on Wednesday.
From just five runners, Philanthropist was represented by two stakes winners and another two stakes placed runners on the card.
His 2yo son Phil’s Cocktail captured the $200 000 OLG Simcoe Stakes by an emphatic two and a half lengths to become his sire’s second juvenile stakes winner this season. He has now won two of his three outings and looks an exciting prospect in the making.
One of two champions in Philanthropist’s small first crop, Pender Harbour made it 11 career victories when he picked up Wednesday’s OLG Elgin Stakes by a length from another son of Philanthropist.
Canada’s Champion 3YO Male in 2011, Pender Harbour has now won and has earned over $1.6 million in prize money. Winner of the Elgin Stakes two years ago, Pender Harbour has now nine feature race wins to his credit.
On the same card, Philanthropist’s 2yo daughter Eff Bee Eye (previously successful in the Nandi Stakes) ran third in the Muskoka Stakes and son Power Phil ran second to Pender Harbor in the Elgin Stakes.
Like leading North American sire Arch, Gr3 Queens County Handicap winner Philanthropist is a son of the breed shaping Kris S, sire or broodmare sire of no fewer than 8 Breeders Cup winners.
Philanthropist shares his broodmare sire, legendary stallion Mr Prospector, with such outstanding sires as Silver Deputy, Pulpit, Storm Boot, Tale Of The Cat and Scat Daddy. His dam is the high-class Hidden Reserve, who was second in the Gr2 Demoiselle Stakes, and who is a half-sister to champion filly Inside Information, and a full-sister to millionaire and Gr1 winner Educated Risk.
Hidden Reserve herself has been highly successful at stud, producing three graded stakes winners including the 2014 Gr3 Canadian Turf Stakes hero Reload.
From the same family as leading South African sire National Assembly, Philanthropist’s fourth dam is important US blue hen mare Grey Flight – dam of a staggering nine stakes winners.
Impressive at Drakenstein’s recent Stallion Day, Philanthropist’s first local crop will be yearlings in 2015.
Well supported by local breeders in his first South African seasons, Philanthropist has a 2014 stud fee of R80 000.