US classics on the cards for Trippi grandson

Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi is fast establishing himself an outstanding broodmare sire and the son of End Sweep could be represented in this sphere in the 2017 US classics.

MULTIPLIER winning the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse on 4/22/17.  James Graham up.

MULTIPLIER winning the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse on 4/22/17. James Graham up.

Trippi’s maternal grandson Multiplier (by The Factor) produced a smart turn of foot to get up close home and land Saturday’s G3 Illinois Derby, a race with a $250 000 prize, going away, and he could now be considered for the G1 Preakness Stakes.

The colt accounted for favourite, and Sunland Derby third, Hedge Fund by a head with third place finisher It’s Your Nickel another five lengths away.

Multiplier, who was making his stakes debut on Saturday, has now won two of just four outings for trainer Brendan Walsh and owner American Equistock. He is out of the Trippi mare Trippi Street, a lightly raced mare who finished second in the 2005 G3 Pocahontas Stakes.

The colt is considered by his trainer among the easiest he has dealt with, Walsh saying after the race about his progressive charge, “He’s living up to expectations now. He was always only going to get better. He’s a nice big horse, and I think he’ll progress from this, too.”

Liam's Map

Liam’s Map

Multiplier joins an increasingly long list of smart performers produced by daughters of Trippi. This list includes G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map (now at stud at Lane’s End Farm), eight and three quarter length G3 Iroquois Stakes winner and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner up Not This Time (also now at stud),  US stakes winner Taylor S, and  G1 Kentucky Oaks nominee Miss Sunset.

Champion Sire in South Africa last season, Trippi has six lots on next week’s National Yearling Sale including a colt out of champion Laverna (Lot 12), a colt out of five time stakes winner Alinga (Lot 277), a filly out of a stakes placed daughter of Galileo (Lot 427) and a filly out of a French stakes winner from the family of recent English classic winner Harbour Law (Lot 460).

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