Saturday, April 13, 2013
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Dandy Don Who responded with a three-quarter length win in the 4 1/2-furlong, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R) (colts and geldings division) at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Dandy Don Who stopped the timer in :52.26 under jockey Aldo Arboleda, a native of Panama who was celebrating his 26th birthday. Todd Fincher prepped the homebred Quinton's Gold gelding for owners Sam E. Stevens and Sammy L. Stevens of Lamesa, Texas.
Dandy Don Who is one of six stakes winners sired by Quinton's Gold, a 16-year-old stallion by Carson City who was campaigned in Arizona, California, and New York from 2000-05, earning $234,202 from 27 races and winning two stakes at Turf Paradise in 2002, including the 6-furlong, $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise in 1:08.39.
Quinton's Gold has sired the earners of more than $2.6 million from 76 starters, including multiple stakes winners Lefty Who and That's Who, 2012 Road Runner Handicap (R) winner T.V. Stevie, and the multiple stakes placed New Mexico-breds Easy Loving Who and Gold Asure. The stallion is owned by the estate of Paul D. Prather, and he stands for a $3,500 fee at Steve and Susie Prather's Doubletree Farm near Hobbs, New Mexico.
Dandy Don Who is also the first starter foaled by Miss Hennessy Who, a 6-year-old mare by Hennessy. The gelding's third dam, the unraced Danzig mare Baltic Sea, produced 12 winners of 13 starters, including Caller One, a gelding by Phone Trick who won nine stakes from 2000-07, including the 2000 Kentucky Cup Sprint Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park and the '02 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) in the United Arab Emirates, and Unbridled Sidney, a daughter of Unbridled's Song who won the $285,000 Cherokee Run Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs in 2006.
Dandy Don Who traces back to his sixth dam, Grey Flight, a stakes-winning daughter of Mahmoud (FR) who produced nine stakes winners from 15 starters, including What A Pleasure, a Bold Ruler colt who won the 1967 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, and Misty Morn, a filly by Princequillo (ENG) whose five stakes wins in 1955 included the Molly Pitcher Handicap and Monmouth Oaks in New Jersey and Diana Handicap at Saratoga.
Arboleda also rode Dandy Don Who to a nose victory in the gelding's debut, the first of two Copper Top Futurity trials on March 19. The $47,563 winner's share of the Copper Top final purse pushed his bankroll to $52,663.
Dandy Don Who returned a $7.80 win mutuel and paired with runner-up Vernissage, the 13-10 favorite in the full field of 10, for a $22 ($2) exacta. Fonzerelli, the 9-2 third choice, finished third to complete a $1 trifecta payoff of $30.60.
Roll Out The Band ran fourth, 2 ½ lengths behind Dandy Don Who, and was followed by Weeping Aly, Dontchacallnomo, Beaumont Time, Tornillo, Bobcat Ray, and Casino Jax.
Vernissage, a homebred gelding by the multiple stakes winning Golden Missile stallion Going Wild, has earned $20,810 from two races for his owner, Gary L. Thompson. A half brother to 2012 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) runner-up Attila's Hurricane, Vernissage ran second to Dandy Don Who in the first Copper Top trial.
A homebred son of Attila's Storm racing for Todd White and a full brother to Rio Fresco, the third-place finisher in the 2011 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, Fonzerelli was coming off of a third-place finish in the first Copper Top trial. The gelding has banked $12,265 from two outs.