How about this result Saturday? A five-runner Group 3 race at 7 furlongs on dirt for 2-year-olds, and the winner is by Tale of the Cat. The next four home are by El Prado, Smarty Jones, Malibu Moon, and Thunder Gulch. It could have been a race at Saratoga, but instead it was the V.O. Vitt Memorial Stakes at the Central Moscow Hippodrome. The entire field was bred in the US, and each was purchased at auction — at Keeneland.
The first four were purchased at Keeneland September in 2008, and they were bought for more money than what Russian buyers generally pay for US auction yearlings.
The Tale of the Cat was purchased by Dexco for $32,000.
The El Prado was purchased by Dexco for $40,000.
The Smarty Jones was bought by Stone Bridge Bloodstock for $50,000.
The Malibu Moon was purchased by Stone Bridge for $35,000.
The Thunder Gulch was bought by GEO S.L. at the 2008 Keeneland January sale for $12,000.
V.O.Vitt Memorial Stakes
Racetrack: Central Moscow Hippodrome
Reserved for: 2yo
Category: Group III
Prize:RUR 100 000
Forecast submit is over
|Place||Horse (Sire/Dam)||Num.||Time||Margin||Owner||Trainer||Jockey||Weight||Prize (RUR)|
(Tale Of The Cat / Earthly Angel)
|2||1.30,3||Jaguar Sports Club||Liakhov Andrey||Petrov Evgeny||57||50 000|
(El Prado / Upupandaway)
|3||1.31,8||7 1/2||Shovgenovskiy Farm||Perederiy Sergey||Markov Vitaliy||57||30 000|
(Smarty Jones / Starboard Tack)
|1||1.31,9||1/2||Donskoi Stud||Chuguyevets Alexander||Melekhov Vladimir||57||20 000|
(Malibu Moon / Sweet Sondra)
|4||1.33,4||7 1/2||Donskoi Stud||Chuguyevets Alexander||Kruglykhin Stanislav||57|
(Thunder Gulch / A J’s Honey)
|5||1.36,6||dist.||Volgogradskiy Stud||Kozhomzharov Marat||Nikolkin Stanislav||55|
It was actually a huge day in Moscow for the Americans.
A maiden race for 2-year-olds was taken by a Tiznow that Dexco paid $45,000 for at Keeneland September 2008.
A Group 3 race for fillies was won by a Malibu Moon 3-year-old that was purchased by GEO S.L. for $17,000 at Keeneland September 2007.
A Group 2 race was won by a Malibu Moon 3-year-old colt that was purchased for $15,000 by Voxtron Management at the Keeneland November sale in 2006.
And a conditions race was taken by a Canadian-bred Smart Strike that was purchased by Voxtron for $10,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2006.
Only one of the six races on the card was won by a horse bred outside of North America, and it was a Russian-bred by Turbo Storm, a US-bred Storm Cat full brother to High Yield.
Obviously the Russians have a thing for Malibu Moon, the sire of this year’s Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks winner. The love affair dates to the 2004 Russian Oaks winner, Moon Thistle, a first-crop daughter of the stallion who was a $4,000 2-year-old from the Fasig-Tipton February sale in Maryland in 2003.
None of these races are internationally recognized as black type events.