Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Philanthropist, who is set to have his first South African runners later this season, has been enjoying a good run of form with his North American runners of late and the big chestnut had yet another double at Woodbine on Wednesday.
Philanthropist filly Sweet Super Six dug down deep and showed plenty of heart to land an allowance over 1400m by a nose – and just four races later, Philanthropist was back among the winners, when his son Rexton won the OLG Kenora Stakes over 1200m. Trained by John Mattine, it was a first feature win for the lightly raced 5yo, who was produced by the Rinka Das mare Brookes Bubble.
Philanthropist, whose first South African yearlings proved popular in sales rings around the country last year, is currently the third leading sire (by prize money) in Canada for 2015, with his runners having already earned more than $1.6 million in stakes this year.
The son of Kris S is, however, a proven international success story, having sired a pair of champions from his first small crop. Closely related to the late, great South African sire National Assembly, Philanthropist ended 2014 as North America’s Leading Sire On Synthetics – ahead of such outstanding stallions as Candy Ride, Giant’s Causeway, Speightstown, Tapit and Distorted Humor.
From the great Grey Flight female line, Philanthropist is very closely related to one of North America’s boom young sires Gone Astray –who is currently USA’s fifth leading first crop sire with his offspring including fancied G1 Hopeful Stakes contender Bullet Gone Astray.
From the same male line as last season’s South African Champion Sire Captain Al, Philanthropist shares his broodmare sire Mr Prospector with the outstanding stallions Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Pulpit, Silver Deputy, and Tale Of The Cat- to name a few.