Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A one-time $15,000 claimer, Haitian Hero recorded his first stakes win in Tuesday’s $50,000 KHEY-Y96 Sprint Stakes for 3-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Haitian Hero covered 6 furlongs in 1:10.40 while defeating runner-up El Confidential by a neck. Alejandro Medellin rode the Petionville colt for owners Ramon O. Gonzalez and Homero Valera and trainer Andres Gonzalez.
Bred in Kentucky by Everest Stables Inc., Haitian Hero sold for $12,000 at the 2009 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The colt is one of 31 stakes winners from 11 crops sired by Petionville, an 18-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Seeking The Gold who won five stakes as a 3-year-old, including the $300,000 Ohio Derby (G2) at Thistledown, $350,000 Louisiana Derby (G3) at Fair Grounds, and $130,850 La Jolla Handicap (G3) on the turf at Del Mar.
An earner of $811,950 during his 15-race career, Petionville has sired the earners of more than $28.6 million from 457 starters. He stands for a $7,500 fee at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky.
Haitian Hero’s dam, the winning Storm Boot mare Regal Boot, ran third in the ’05 Scottsdale Handicap at Turf Paradise. The colt’s second dam, Noble And Nice, was a mare by the Exclusive Native stallion Valdez who won the 1991 Santa Ana Handicap (G1) on the turf at Santa Anita. A 1986 foal, Noble And Nice foaled two winners from three starters, including the stakes-winning Storm Boot gelding Blue Blood Boot.
Haitian Hero traces back to his third dam, Somebody Noble, an unraced daughter of Vaguely Noble who produced New Advantage, a half brother to Noble And Nice who won the 2000 Golden Gate Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields, and Noble Year, a stakes-winning gelding by Half A Year.
Haitian Hero has won two of nine races, and the $30,000 winner’s share of the KHEY-Y96 Stakes purse increased his earnings to $70,886. Racing at Penn National near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last winter, the colt won a 1 mile and 70 yard maiden route by 10 lengths as the 6-5 favorite.
Sent to post at odds of 22-1 on Tuesday, Haitian Hero returned a $46 win mutuel and teamed with 25-1 longshot El Confidential for a $298 ($1) exacta. Timbavati ran third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Haitian Hero, to complete a ($1) trifecta payoff of $4,443.20.
Amen Baby ran fourth and was followed by 3-2 favorite Big Texas Daddy, Guiltbyassociation, Teotihuacan, Malibu Mystic, and Zacatlan.
Making just his second start, El Confidential banked $10,750 for his owner, William B. Henderson of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The dark bay or brown gelding by Eltish was coming off of a one-length victory in a 6-furlong maiden sprint at Sunland on April 4.
Timbavati is a chestnut colt by Tale Of The Cat who earned $5,000 for owner William J. Sims of Evanston, Wyoming. Timbavati was a $37,000 buy at the ’08 Keeneland Association September Yearling Sale.