Here’s the video of the Kazakhstan Derby from Aug. 20. The winner, Debet, was bred in Poland, a country in the US racing news lately because of a Polish stakes winner (the US-bred Santina Dond) that won a stakes race at Arlington for her Russian connections on the Arlington Million undercard. Before her, by the way, the Polish-bred Age of Jape had conquered all before him a few years ago as a three-year-old in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and I’d covered his exploits in this space (search for him above).
The Group 1 Kazakhstan Derby at 2400 meters was held at the Kulager Hippodrome Aug.20, but note the dirt track has no rails and looks set in a wide open field. The track is rudimentary, but there’s no question it’s a horse race, and the finish is exciting. The winner’s ceremony after the race is also interesting. Note that US-bred Volcanic Ash, a son of Elusive Quality, was fourth. Nardelli Sales, Agent, sold Volcanic Ash as a weanling for $175,000 to Crone Stud Farms—that is not a typo!–at the 2008 Keeneland November sale. The colt raced in the UK for Crone Stud with trainer Mark Johnston and won a cheap maiden on the all weather at Southwell in January before he was sold abroad.
Debet is by the Chilean-bred Chilean Group 2 winner Aramus, who was exported to Sweden where he won several Group races as well. He was then sent to Poland to stand at stud. His sire is US-bred Royal Danzig, a black-type winner by Danzig. The family descends tail-female through many generations of Polish-bred dams.