Oasis Star, an Indian sprint phenom, is headed to California after winning Sunday’s Dr. S. C. Jain Sprinters’ Championship at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai. You can read the recap by Mahendra Mallya in Indiarace.com by clicking here.
A 5-year-old mare by the US Grade 1 winner Senure (by Nureyev) out of US-bred Gumbaru Etsu, by Lear Fan, Oasis Star has won 10 of 13 starts in India and is by all accounts the undisputed champion sprinter, although she’s won at 1400 meters and will probably stay farther here (click here for her complete record; the writer in the article has her winning a 1600-meter race which doesn’t show on her pps — which may be incomplete — see commnents below by Major Nargolkar). The two most famous Indian horses to race here, Adler and Astonish, didn’t do much, but this mare has a lot going for her — like sprint speed, for one — and California will suit her pedigree, which is better suited for the US than those of the other two.
You see the photo at the top of this blog? That’s the undefeated Hungarian sprinter Overdose, who came out of nowhere, specifically Kinscem Park in Budapest by way of Slovakia and Austria — all Part III countries by International Cataloguing Standards, which means no black type — to win some prestigious European sprints in Germany and Italy. He should have been a Group 1 winner in the Prix de l’Abbaye in France on Arc day but for a false start that required a redo later in the day, in which he didn’t participate (because he almost broke the course record for the 1000 meters!). Oasis Star is out of India, a Part II country, which means its group races are internationally recognized as Listed races.
Oasis Star’s sire, Senure, won the 2001 Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship in California, a region that has been surprisingly good to sons and daughters of Nureyev. Skimming won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic twice — in 2000 and 2001. Annoconnor, a filly, won the Grade 1 Vanity and Ramona handicaps there in 1988. Momentum won the Grade 3 Native Diver in 2001 and was second in both the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Hollywood Gold Cup in 2002. And of course the best stallion in California is Unusual Heat, another son of Nureyev.