Saturday, April 27, 2013
A one-time $5,000 claimer, Groushy Apadana scored his second career stakes victory in the 1-mile, $65,000 Jack Cole Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park on Saturday.
Groushy Apadana covered his eight-furlong trip in 1:37.34, after the 8-year-old bay gelding by Mr. Groush set early fractions of :23.48, 46.98, and 1:11.81 under jockey Enrique Garcia, who has ridden Groushy Apadana in his last six races. Michael Valdez saddled the gelding for owner 5 Star Racing LLC.
Groushy Apadana was bred by Hatfield Farms, and he is the first stakes winner sired by Mr. Groush, a son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Crafty Prospector who won three stakes in 1997, including the Grade 3, $200,000 Alabama Derby at Louisiana Downs. He also won the Albany Stakes (R) at Saratoga and New York Derby (R) at Finger Lakes, and he ran third in Frisk Me Now's Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown Racetrack near Cleveland.
Mr. Groush has sired 30 starters and the earners of more than $827,000, including Ocean Joe, S L R Lonesomedome, and Thelawyersgetitall. While he was in New Mexico, the stallion stood at Weatherly Horse Farms in Anthony. He was moved to John Pomier's Pomerosa Farms at Duson, Louisiana, two years ago.
Groushy Apadana's dam, Apadana, is a winning 21-year-old daughter of the Danzig stallion Corridor Key. The mare has produced three winners from four starters. Her half sister, the Talc mare Cool Talc, ran second in the 1988 Cleome Stakes (R) at Philadelphia Park.
Groushy Apadana traces back to his third dam, the Heliopolis (GB) mare Elope. A 1947 foal, Elope produced Sheila's Star, a stakes-winning daughter of Dark Star, and Ye-Cats, a filly by Mr. Busher who ran second in four stakes in '63, including the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
All told, Groushy Apadana has won eight of 19 starts, and the $39,000 winner's share of the Jack Cole purse pushed his bankroll to $159,020. The gelding was coming off of a 2 1/4-length victory in a 6-furlong, $32,900 allowance-optional claiming ($50,000) sprint for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on April 2. His defeated opponents in that race included stakes winners Chuchuluco, Rig's Runner, and Lesters Secret.
Last year, Groushy Apadana scored his first stakes victory in the 7-furlong, $50,000 E.T. Springer Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerquet. Also at Albuquerque, he finished third, a half of a length behind winner Sapello Cantador, in the 1-mile, $50,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R).
Sent to post as the 9-2 second choice in the field of nine, Groushy Apadana returned an $11.40 win mutuel. Multiple stakes winner On Down The Road finished second, 1 ½ lengths behind Groushy Apadana, and was followed by Beau Wizer, Brother Louie, Ministerial, Our Choice, 9-5 favorite Attitude E Racer, Nuggets Please, and Le Grande's Spirit.
A 5-year-old son of Desert God racing for Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California, On Down The Road earned $13,000 to increase his bankroll to $290,719 from 15 outs. The gelding has won five races, including last year's 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park, and 1-mile, $180,480 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Beau Wizer was making his first start for owner Patrick Dale Montoya, who claimed the 5-year-old chestnut gelding by Premeditation for $15,000 at Sunland Park on March 19. A one-time $12,500 claimer, Beau Wizer has won three of 26 races and has banked $210,437, and his stakes resume includes a neck victory at odds of 19-1 in the 2011 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Sunland Park.