Drakenstein Stud’s resident stallion Trippi made international headlines on Saturday when his brilliant grandson Liam’s Map (by Unbridled’s Song) landed the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.
It was no race for the talented grey, a good second in the G1 Whitney at his previous outing, who made all to land the $600 000 contest.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Liam’s Map opened up at the top of the straight in Saturday’s 1800m and powered away to register a powerful, four and three quarter length romp in one of USA’s greatest races.
Trained Todd Pletcher commented after the race, “”The Whitney was as tough a loss as you’ll experience. He ran an unbelievable race that day and everything he indicated to us from that time until today was that he was ready to come back over and put forth another big effort,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I’m just happy to see him get that grade I that he deserves so much.”
An $800 000 purchase from the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Liam’s Map has now won five of seven outings and banked more than his purchase price.
His previous biggest win came in the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes earlier this year and this win stamped the grey as potentially top contender for the G1 Breeders Cup Classic, where he could oppose the likes of American Pharoah, Beholder and his Whitney Stakes conqueror Honor Code. The colt was given a quote of 7-1 for the Classic following his stylish Woodward romp.
Liam’s Map is the first G1 winner produced by a Trippi mare. His dam, Miss Macy Sue, was a top class racemare, whose 11 wins included five stakes wins, and she also ran third in the Breeders Cup F&M Sprint.
Miss Macy Sue has been an equally outstanding broodmare, with her other offspring including the stakes winning filly Taylor S.
Trippi, whose top overseas performers include another Breeders Cup placed filly in R Heat Lightning, was the Leading Sire of 3YOS in South Africa last season.
The son of End Sweep has built up a tremendous reputation as a sire of high class stock in South Africa, where his offspring include Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker, as well as the G1 performers Afrikaburn, For The Lads, Inara, Lanner Falcon, the now Dubai bound Liquid Mercury, Not Sulking, One Fine Day, and Ziparana.
Trippi’s weekend was made even more memorable when his son Sir Duke was named the Eastern Cape’s Horse Of The Year at the Eastern Cape racing awards ceremony on Saturday. Sir Duke also picked up awards as Champion Older Colt/Gelding and Champion Sprinter.