Arlington’s signature international card today reinforced the dominance of European form with three European classic winners accounting for the three Grade 1 races on offer, each on turf—Arlington Million (2010 Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco), Beverly D (2009 French Oaks winner Stacelita), and Secretariat Stakes (2011 Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach)—but even the fourth stakes on the day, the lowly Hatoof Stakes on turf with a $65,000 value, fell to an ex-Euro El Prado filly named Santina Dond. The latter, trained by Gennadi Dorochenko and owned by Vladimir Kazakov, began her career in 2010 in Poland—a country whose stakes races aren’t given the sales catalog black type that’s handed to the winners and placed runners of Illinois-bred stakes races. Yet this filly, two-for-two at two last year in Warsaw and the winner of Poland’s prestigious Nagroda Dakoty, improbably won the black type Hatoof Stakes at 31-1.
Bred by Brereton C. Jones, the gray Santina Dond was purchased for $35,000 by Kazakov at the 2009 Keeneland September sale from the Airdrie Stud consignment. As he’s done lately, Kazakov sent the filly to Sluzewiec race track in Poland, where she won the Nagroda Dakoty on the same day as the track’s St. Leger, on Sept. 5, 2010 (see the Nagroda Dakoty video below; the runner-up came back at three to win the Polish 1000 Guineas).
Though Santina Dond won the 1300-meter Dakoty (on turf)—the top juvenile event in Warsaw and one that’s open to colts—Electra Deelites, a British-bred daughter of With Approval, won the equivalent filly race—Nagroda Efforty—and was actually named the champion two-year-old filly in Poland.
Equineline.com has updated Santina Dond’s pedigree here to note she’s now a black type winner (six wins from 10 starts all told), but note that Electra Deelites’ pedigree here is incomplete and lists her as Group 3 placed, which is not the case. Just to be sure, I ran an Equineline.com race record for Electra Deelites with black type rules, and no black type was listed for her record. She is however accomplished, as the
winner runner-up of the 2400-meter Nagroda Liry (Polish Oaks) and the 2400-meter Polish Derby.