The exciting Maryland-bred Street Boss filly Cathryn Sophia won the G2 Forward Gal today by five lengths and remains undefeated in three starts for owner Cash Is King LLC. However, it’s her breeder, Maryland-based Robert T. Manfuso, who is the focus here.
Manfuso is associated with five generations of this pedigree. It all began with Cathryn Sophia’s fourth dam, the Mr. Leader mare Sailing Leader, who produced only three foals for Manfuso before he sold her at age 16 in 1988 for $500.
One of those was G3 winner Admirallus, by Hail Emperor. Her last foal for Manfuso — Cathryn Sophia’s third dam — was Cruising Haven, by Shelter Half. The latter had been raced by Manfuso (and his brother, Tom, plus two other partners) under the Fourbros Stable banner.
Cruising Haven was bred back to Hail Emperor, a Phipps-bred Graustark horse who had been raced by Frank De Francis. The result for Manfuso was multiple G2 winner and $891,501 earner Royal Haven — the mare’s first foal. Manfuso upgraded her mates after this and later got the G2-winning filly Belterra, a homebred by Unbridled who also placed in the G1 Ashland. Belterra is Cathryn Sophia’s second dam. From these successes, Manfuso sold Cruising Haven for $600,000 at Keeneland in 2002.
Belterra has been bred to high-class Kentucky stallions and is the dam of the Manfuso-bred Street Sense Listed winner Taketheodds, but her unraced Mineshaft daughter Sheave is the dam of Cathryn Sophia.
Cathryn Sophia was a $30,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling.
Manfuso and partner Katy Voss operate Chanceland Farm in Maryland, where Manfuso and his brother have been fixtures for decades. Voss and Manfuso bred International Star, a hard-hitting colt who was on the Triple Crown trail last year. Manfuso and his brother were also one-time owners of Laurel and Pimlico with De Francis.
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