Talented US two-year-old Signalman, a grandson of Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, is likely to be pointed towards the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
A son of Turkey based sire General Quarters, Signalman’s big effort in vanquishing 13 rivals to win Kentucky Jockey Club has veteran trainer Kenny McPeek dreaming big. Signalman is owned by a partnership that includes McPeek’s wife Sherri and their Magdalena Racing stable, as well as Tommie Lewis and David Bernsen. “Overcoming a 14-horse field is pretty amazing,” McPeek said. “He’s gutsy”.
Signalman, who not only won the 2018 G2 Kentucky Jockey Club but was also placed in both the G1 Breeders’ Futurity and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is now likely to be aimed at the G2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes at the beginning of March next year.
The colt, who has already earned more than $440 000 in stakes, was produced by the Trippi mare Trip South.
Trippi, whose recent winners include the graded stakes winners Chimichuri Run and Love To Boogie, will be represented by Chimichuri Run in Saturday week’s G1 Cape Guineas.
South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016, Trippi has a total of 73 stakes winners to his name thus far, including Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker and the G1 winners Afrikaburn, Deo Juvente, For The Lads, Inara, Lobo’s Legend, R Heat Lightning and Real Princess.
The son of End Sweep has six lots on January’s Premier Sale including a colt from the family of Monarchos, Dynaformer, and Brian’s Time (Lot 33), a filly out of G1 winner Fly By Night (Lot 57), and a full-brother to Chimichuri Run (Lot 184).