Klawervlei’s promising young sire Twice Over, whose offspring have made such a big impression this year both on the track and in the sales ring, had yet another update to his impeccable female line this weekend.
His close relative American Anthem picked up the first graded win of his career when successful in the G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes over 1400m on Saturday. The Bodemeister colt, who was dropping back in trip, let a trio of frontrunners gun for the lead before circling four-wide on the turn to take the lead.
From there, it was a matter of how far, with American Anthem going on to post a 1.75 length win over Kimbear, with another 4.75 lengths back to third place finisher Aristocractic.
The Bob Baffert trained colt had previously finished second to G1 winner Gormley in the G3 Sham Stakes.
American Anthem, who had won first time out over 1200m, is descended from the Lost Virtue –the third dam of £2 million plus earner Twice Over. This is also the family of recent debut winner Time Chaser and the latter’s G1 winning dam Passage Of Time.
Twice Over, currently one of South Africa’s leading first crop sires, has made an eye catching start with his first runners this season including the impressive debut winner Sand And Sea
The former European champion and four time G1 winner has also been sought after in the sales ring, with Twice Over yearlings fetching up to R2.1 million in 2017.