France-based stallion Sageburg sired his first stakes winner from his first crop when his undefeated 2-year-old daughter Peace Burg squeezed out a narrow victory in the group III Prix d’Aumale over a mile at Chantilly.
Bred in Ireland by Lagardere Elevage, 8-year-old Sageburg raced in the familiar colors of the Aga Khan, who had purchased the lock-stock-and-barrel racing and breeding interests of the late Jean-Luc Lagardere in 2005 when Sageburg was a yearling. For the Aga Khan, the grey colt won four of his 11 starts at distances ranging from nine to 10 furlongs, including the group I Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp as a 4-year-old. Sageburg retired to Haras de la Gatine in France for the 2009 season.
From the first crop of European and U.S. champion 2-year-old male Johannesburg, Sageburg is out of the group II-winning Linamix mare Sage et Jolie, a full sister to group I winner Sagamix who took the measure of the 1998 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe field in 1998 and earned a championship to boot and to Sagalina, the dam of 2012 group I winner Sagawara (Shamardal). A winner of the Prix de Malleret at Longchamp, Sage et Jolie is also a half sister to group I winner Sagacity (by Highest Honor.
Unraced Peace Talk (Sadler’s Wells—Pampa Bella, by Armos), dam of the Prix d’Aumale winner, is a half sister to group I winner Pistolet Bleu (Top Ville) and a full sister to group III winner Palme d’Or, all bred by the Wildenstein family. Pampa Bella won the group III Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud and placed in two group I stakes during her two-year racing career.
Sageburg has sent out 11 juvenile runners from his first crop with three winners and an additional non-winning black-type performer in Sage Melody who finished third in the group III Prix du Bois at Chantilly.
Also on the Chantilly card was the Prix d’Arenberg, a group III sprint for 2-year-olds. The finish of the race is a good illustration of the saying that apples don’t fall far from the tree as both winner, Cay Verde, and runner-up, Baileys Jubilee, are offspring of Bahamian Bounty (Cadeaux Genereux—Clarentia, by Ballad Rock), Europe’s champion 2-year-old male in 1996, with six-furlong victories in the Prix Morny Piaget (Fr-I) and Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I).
Cay Verde’s dam, All Quiet, is a consistent, hardy daughter of Piccolo (Warning), who started 29 times over her four-year career with her wins coming from seven to eight furlongs. Her dam, War Shanty, is a Warrshan half sister to black-type full brothers: group I winner Bold Edge and stakes winner Brave Edge, both by U.S.-bred Beveled (Sharpen Up—Sans Arc, by High Echelon).
Bahamian Bounty has sired 22 lifetime stakes winners including group I-winning full brothers Pastoral Pursuits and Goodricke, both of whom won group I credentials over six furlongs.
The second race on the Chantilly card was won by first-time starter Oceanliner, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Dynaformer out of the group III-placed Danzig mare Sweet Travel, a full sister to group I winner Iron Mask. A homebred for the Wertheimer brothers, Oceanliner is a grandson of the Wertheimer-raced Raise a Beauty, whom the brothers bought for $625,000 as a weanling from the Calumet Farm dispersal in 1991. The daughter of Alydar out of stakes winner Stick to Beauty, was a half sister to grade II stakes winner Gold Beauty, dam of grade I winners Maplejinsky (Nijinsky II) and champion Dayjur (Danzig).
In a touch of family irony, Oceanliner’s impressive two-length debut win came on the undercard of the Prix d’Arenberg, a race in which his dam had finished second and which her brother Iron Mask had won.
The other juvenile race at Chantilly went to another first-timer Tasaday, a daughter of Nayef—Tashelka, by Mujahid.