Drakenstein Stud’s promising young stallion Philanthropist made front page news yet again when his champion son Pender Harbour won the Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine for a third time.
The remarkably durable former Canadian Champion had previously won the feature back in 2012 and 2014.
Now a millionaire and ten time stakes winner, Pender Harbour made it three wins in the $125 000 contest when running out a ready three parts of a length winner of Saturday’s 1700m race at Woodbine.
Pender Harbour, who has now 12 wins to his credit and prize money of over $1.7 million, has been a magnificent flag bearer for his well bred sire. The seven year-old, who was Canada’s Champion 3yo Male in 2011, has now won stakes races at two, three, four, six and seven – and shows no sign of slowing down.
He scored the biggest wins of his career thus far at three, when Pender Harbour, who has won or placed in 25 of his 39 outings, won the second and third legs (Prince Of Wales Stakes, Breeders Stakes) of the Canadian Triple Crown.
His sire Philanthropist was North America’s Leading Synthetic Sire in 2014, when the son of Kris S’s runners amassed over $2.149 million in stakes. Behind Philanthropist on the list came such champion sires as Giant’s Causeway (14th), More Than Ready (17th), Kitten’s Joy (21st) and Tapit (24th).
Philanthropist, whose immediate relatives include former top SA sire National Assembly and this season’s sensational local filly Majmu, made a good impression with his first South African yearlings in 2015.
Members of his first crop were sold for up to R1.4 million, with the top priced Philanthropist sired yearling being a colt out of Sloe Gin.
Other Philanthropist yearlings fetched up to R850 000, R700 000, R650 000 and R600 000 respectively.