After the ex-Polish filly Santina Dond won the Hatoof Stakes on the Arlington Million undercard Saturday, I examined her only two Polish starts at age two in 2010 and found that she was two for two and she’d won the most prestigious stakes race for two-year-old colts OR fillies, the Nagroda Dakoty at Sluzewiec. However, to my surprise, the champion two-year-old filly in Poland in 2010 was a British-bred daughter of With Approval named Electra Deelites, who’d won the top race for fillies, the Nagroda Efforty. When I ran the pedigree of Electra Deelites on equineline.com, it noted she was also Group 3 placed though her race record was obviously incomplete with only two starts to her credit.
It’s not my intent here to point out an equineline.com error—if in fact that is the case—but Electra Deelite’s “Group 3 placing” intrigued me because Poland is a “Part III” country in the 2011 International Cataloguing Standards and Statistics Book and her stakes or Group races are not accorded international black type.
Because Santina Dond became a black type winner by taking the Hatoof, and because Electra Deelites was ranked ahead of her in Poland, I thought that perhaps Electra Deelites had franked the form of the Polish handicappers by placing in a Group 3 race in a Part I country—perhaps Italy?
That, unfortunately, wasn’t the case, but Electra Deelites has run creditably in Poland, although her form indicates that Santina Dond was actually her superior.
For example, the runner-up to Santina Dond in the Nagroda Dakoty, Black Pantera, won the Polish 1000 Guineas from Electra Deelites, but the latter also did run second in both the Polish Oaks and Derby. The latter race, by the way, is a Polish Group 3 event—not an internationally recognized Group 3 race (as far as I can tell). Click here to see the stakes races in Poland from Cataloguing Standards and note that two races are given Group 3 status for informational purposes only.
Based on this, it’s likely that the equineline.com data entry clerk punched in the Group 3 placing from the Polish Derby for Electra Deelites by mistake. As an aside, note that Black Pantera also is listed as a “black-type placed winner” even though Poland’s stakes races do not qualify for black type. Black Pantera has run outside of Poland, in Slovakia and Italy (click here), but she wasn’t placed in either of the Listed Italian events she contested though she was fifth once. It’s possible she’s been placed somewhere else recently.
The 2400-meter Polish Derby, the race in which Electra Deelites finished second, was contested on July 3 at Sluzewiec over a deep and water logged course. The runaway winner was the Polish-bred Intens, whose stamina-heavy German/Polish bloodlines no doubt helped him put 12 lengths on the field. Interestingly, though he won the race from Electra Deelites, equineline.com does not give him Group 3 credit—which is correct.
Below is the video of the 2011 Polish Derby. Is the winner an Arlington starter next year?