Drakenstein Stud’s red hot sire Trippi, responsible for a treble of winners this past weekend, could be represented by a grandson in one of the world’s top races –the G1 Woodward Stakes.
Set to be run September 5th this year at Saratoga, the 1800m contest’s honour roll includes some of the greatest thoroughbreds ever to race in North America.
Past winners of the Woodward include five times Horse Of The Year Kelso (who won it three times), champions Buckpasser and Damascus, Horse Of The Year Arts And Letters, Forego (who won it a staggering four years in a row), Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid – described by his trainer as “the greatest horse to look through a bridle”, champions Alysheba and Slew O’Gold, dual Horse Of The Year Cigar, as well as recent champions Mineshaft, Rachel Alexandra, and Curlin. The latter’s son Keen Ice recently defeated Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh when successful in the G1 Travers Stakes, and Curlin currently rates as one of the hottest sires in the States.
Trippi’s potential representative could be his maternal grandson Liam’s Map (by Unbridled’s Song), who is coming off a career high when second to the brilliant Honor Code in the recent G1 Whitney Stakes.
The lightly raced four-year-old has done nothing wrong in his brief career to date –Liam’s Map having won four times (including the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes) and placed twice in just six starts.
A striking grey, the Todd Pletcher trained Liam’s Map (who was an $800 000 yearling buy) is out of the brilliant Trippi daughter Miss Macy Sue. The latter won 11 races and over $800 000 in stakes, with her wins including five stakes victories. Miss Macy Sue was placed in a further seven stakes races, with arguably her finest effort coming when third to Maryfield in the 2007 Breeders Cup F&M Sprint.