Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire Philanthropist received yet another boost to his already formidable female line when his half brother Reload landed the spoils in Saturday’s G3 Tampa Bay Stakes.
A son of Hard Spun, Reload rallied wide in the turn before angling out to pass Sky Captain in the 1700m contest. The entire, who was ridden by Javier Castellano for the Phipps stable, outlasted the high class Argentinian runner Take A Stand to land the spoils in the $150 000 contest by a neck. Flower Alley’s G2 winning son Karibu Gardens was back in third place, and the winner stopped the clock in a time of 100.15.
Robbie Medina, assistant to winning trainer Shug McGaughey said afterwards, “thought he ran a great race. He’s been training well. I was a little worried early because he was farther back than he usually is, but going down the backside, I saw Javier (Castellano) had plenty of horse and he had him out in the clear.”
It was a second graded win for Reload, whose previous graded win had come in the G3 Canadian Turf Handicap. Saturday’s win pushed the horse’s earnings to over $500 000 with Reload having now won eight times in total.
The dam of Reload and Philanthropist, G2 placed Hidden Reserve, is a truly outstanding producer. A full sister to G1 winning millionaire Educated Risk and a half sister to champion and G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Inside Information, Hidden Reserve is the dam of three graded winners thus far in Defer, Philanthorpist and Reload respectively, while her daughter Leavemeinthedust is the dam of ill-fated G1 Blue Grass Stakes runner up Danzig Moon (by Malibu Moon).
Hidden Risk’s son Philanthropist, who himself won the G3 Queens County Handicap, is a proven sire whose first small crop produced the champions Pender Harbour and Phil’s Dream.
The son of Kris S was also North America’s Leading Sire by Synthetics in 2014 and has already built a name for himself as a top class sire of quality performers.
Philanthropist, whose yearlings fetched up to R500 000 at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale, has 11 lots on offer at the March Yearling Sale.
His draft includes a filly from the great Fall Aspen family (Lot 49), a colt out of a full sister to G1 speedster Rushing Wind (Lot 58),a colt out of a half sister to G3 winner State Blue (Lot 96), a colt from the very same Grey Flight family as Philanthropist himself (Lot 99), and a filly whose dam is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway and G1 Golden Slipper winner Burst (Lot 149).