Drakenstein’s successful young sire Philanthropist has enjoyed a tremendous run of success lately, with winners coming thick and fast for the imposing son of Kris S.
The blue blooded chestnut had another double at Woodine on Saturday, when his runners landed the spoils in races five and nine respectively.
Philanthropist filly Generous Touch was dispatched a 3-1 second shot to win a maiden plate over 1400m. The two-year-old miss duly obliged winning cosily, scoring by a length and three quarters over race favourite Crumlin Spirit. The latter, while still a maiden, had been placed twice previously in stakes races so this was a win full of merit by Generous Touch.
Second of the Philanthropist runners to score on Saturday was the six-year-old mare Teresa’s Pride, who captured an allowance race over 1700m by a head.
Their sire has been in great form in 2015, and is currently second Leading Synthetic Sire in North America, with Philanthropist’s stock having earned more than $1.4 million in stakes.
Not only is Philanthropist, last year’s Leading Synthetic Sire in North America, red hot himself, but his female line is also enjoying a fine run of success.
Among top class runners of 2015 who hail from his female line are star local filly Majmu, ill-fated G1 Blue Grass Stakes runner up and Kentucky Derby contender Danzig Moon and G2 Super Derby winner Mobile Bay.
Philanthropist’s dam Hidden Reserve, by the mighty Mr Prospector, has been a tremendous broodmare herself, having produced three individual graded winners to date, including Philanthropist himself.
Other smart sorts produced by G2 Demoiselle Stakes runner up Hidden Reserve include G3 Laurel Futurity winner Defer and G3 Canadian Turf Stakes winner Reload.