Trainer Gennadi Dorochenko is a frequent buyer for Russians at Keeneland as Raut LLC (click here to read), and owner Vladimir Kazakov is one of the more prominent Russian buyers at Keeneland (see this Racing Post column I wrote in 2009 featuring Kazakov). Together they’ve been racing some Keeneland yearling purchases this spring at Turfway and Keeneland via Warsaw—yes, as in Warsaw, Poland. This isn’t exactly common practice, and I can’t recall any Polish runner competing here before. Even in Europe, they are rare in the major racing centers, and the most prominent colt to debut in Poland and make a “name” for himself in recent years has been the Central European multiple classic winner Age of Jape.
But there in the entries for Keeneland on Sunday was the 3-year-old colt Mr. Roessink, who’d debuted in Poland last year. An Adena Springs-bred son of Ghostzapper from Forever Smart, by Smart Strike, the colt was purchased for $22,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September sale from the Adena consignment by Kazakov. Sent to Poland, the colt made two starts at 2 at Hipodrom Sopot, on August 1 and October 17.
He was then transferred to Dorochenko in Kentucky. See his workouts here. The trainer started the colt at Turfway in a maiden special on March 18 and he ran fourth of nine. See the chart. In the maiden special at Keeneland he finished seventh of 10.
Both Turfway and Keeneland are all weather surfaces, which are usually friendlier to turf horses than dirt. Mr. Roessink’s two Polish starts were on turf, and the colt had run a promising second first time out. In his second start, he was a non-threatening fourth. He’s a chestnut colt with a prominent blaze. You can view his two Polish races below:
August 1, 2010
October 17, 2010