North Stream, the same Giant’s Causeway colt who won the Russian Derby in Moscow last month in the red, green, and white colors of controversial Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, added the new Chechen Derby to his resume today for the Moscow-backed leader in his own backyard—literally. A new racetrack opened this year in Chechnya’s second-largest city, Gudermes, at the edge of Mr. Kadyrov’s presidential palace, and the Saturday race meeting today at the Gudermes racetrack—the Adam Delimkhanov Birthday Meeting—was named in honor of Mr. Kadyrov’s cousin and equally controversial right-hand man, whose own resume is peppered with accusations that run the gamut from civil rights violations to masterminding assassinations. Mr. Delimkhanov’s name most recently was at the center of the assassination of a Chechen opponent of Mr. Kadyrov’s in Dubai on World Cup Day in 2009. Mr. Kadyrov is a prominent international owner with a Dubai stable with South African Herman Brown.
US-bred North Stream, a son of Giant’s Causeway from the Sadler’s Wells mare Starbourne, was purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September sale for $45,000 by Raut LLC and won the classic for Mr. Kadyrov over 2400 meters on dirt—the same trip and surface over which he won in Moscow. Raut has been an active buyer at the current Keeneland September sale, purchasing more than 100 head to date.
Adam Delimkhanov is officially deputy head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Federal Affairs and Regional Policy. Below is a slideshow from the Gudermes racetrack from April. And below that is the video of the Russian Derby. North Stream is No. 4 and leads from the first bend on.