Klawervlei Stud’s exciting young sire Twice Over is from one of the hottest families in the stud book with relatives of the four time G1 winning Twice Over well and truly to the fore in a number of major graded races on Belmont Stakes day this past Saturday.
They included Antonoe, one of the best of her generation in France at two, who landed the first G1 victory of her career when lifting the G1 LONGINES Just A Game Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday. The First Defence filly made a huge impression on her trainer Chad Brown, who said after the win, “”I don’t think that I’ve ever had a horse in my training career come home that fast on turf, at any distance, at any level”
Antonoe, whose third dam is G1 winner All At Sea, is a descendant of important mare Lost Virtue –herself third dam of Twice Over.
This family is also responsible for Saturday’s G2 Woody Stephens Stakes winner American Anthem, who romped to a 3.25 length win in the $500 000 Woody Stephens to register his second consecutive graded race win. American Anthem, whose fourth dam is Lost Virtue, had previously won the G3 Laz Barrera Stakes last time out and looks one of the faster members of his generation.
Yet another smart performer from this family is talented 3yo Patch, who confirmed his status as one of the leaders of his generation with a bold third place finish in Saturday’s G1 Belmont Stakes. The colt had previously finished runner up in the G2 Louisiana Derby and it is surely only a matter of time before Patch, a descendant of Twice Over’s third dam Lost Virtue, adds further glory to his illustrious family and wins a decent prize.
Time Test, whose G1 winning dam Passage Of Time shares her granddam with Twice Over, went close to giving this family yet another big race win when a close second in the G1 Manhattan Stakes on Saturday. A four time group winner who was third in the G1 Eclipse Stakes, Time Test pushed his earnings to over $765 000 with his runner up finish in the $1 million Manhattan Stakes.
Former European champion Twice Over has made a cracking start with his first runners this season including undefeated G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Sand And Sea and he will be well represented by 16 yearlings at this week’s Klawervlei Farm Sale
Twice Over also has one lot on the KZN Yearling Sale- a colt out of the Tapit mare Gin Rummy from the family of Epsom Derby winner and outstanding sire Roberto (Lot 241).