TrueNicks Welcomes Venezuelan Trio
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Feb 01, 2010 |
With a little over 300 stallions and 2200 broodmares, the Venezuelan breeding industry is growing steadily and the importation of three stallions, now subscribed to the TrueNicks stallions subscription program, show how their investment in thoroughbreds is starting to increase and should reap benefits in years to come.
Great Hunter (TrueNicks,SRO) – by the A.P. Indy stallion, Aptitude, out of the stakes winning Roy mare, Zenith– will be best remembered for defeating a field which included Champion Two-Year-Old and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hero Street Sense, and grade I winner Circular Quay, in the Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I). He also captured the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at three, and his placings include seconds in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) and Hollywood Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The six-year-old stands at the Haras Los Samanes Polo & Racing.
Cryptograph (TrueNicks,SRO) and Capture D' Oro (TrueNicks,SRO) stand at Haras La Lechuza. Cryptograph is by Fappiano’s son, Cryptoclearance. He is out of the Mt. Livermore mare, Hopes and Fears, a sister to Canadian Horse of the Year, Peaks and Valleys. This is also the immediate family of the successful young sire, Broken Vow, another grandson of Fappiano, and bred on very similar lines to Cryptograph. The much-travelled Cryptograph captured the Woodbine Slots Cup Handicap (gr. III) and Durham Cup Handicap (gr. III) in Canada, the Round Table Stakes at Arlington Park, and the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge Stakes at Lone Star. In all he won seven of 20 starts for earnings of $531,705.
Capture D’ Oro is by El Prado, who of course has established himself as a sire of sires with the sensational start of his son, Medaglia d’Oro. A winner over six furlongs in the U.S., Capture D’ Oro is half-sbrother to the San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Spanish Chestnut (by a grandson of El Prado’s sire, Sadler’s Wells). His dam is the prolific No Sale George mare Baby Rabbit, a winner of 13 races over sprint trips, including the Tomball Stakes at Sam Houston Park.