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   In this series, the TDN takes a look at notable successes of European-based sires in North America. This week’s column is highlighted by the victory of Measured Time in the Manhattan S. on Saturday.


Blue Is The Colour In Manhattan

Godolphin homebred Measured Time (GB) (Frankel {GB}) doubled his top-drawer tally in the GI Manhattan S. during the Belmont S. Festival at Saratoga (video).

Trained by Charlie Appleby, the 4-year-old colt has a record of three wins from four starts in Britain with a second at listed level prior to winning both the G2 Al Rashidiya and G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan. Fourth in the G1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night in March, the Manhattan was Measured Time’s first start back.

Out of Minidress (GB) (Street Cry {Ire}), he is a half-brother to two stakes horses anchored by turf standout Rebel’s Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), a Group/Grade 1 winner in four countries. Measured Time is kin to Japanese champion Victoire Pisa (Jpn) (Neo Universe {Jpn}) and a bevy of other high class runners. A yearling colt by Dubawi is Minidress’s latest offspring.

Juddmonte’s Frankel now has three Grade I winners in America, with the Manhattan scorer joining fillies McKulick (GB) and Inspiral (GB). His 57 runners have delivered 28 winners (49%) and there are an even dozen stakes winners (21%) among them.


MEASURED TIME (GB) just too good in the Manhattan Stakes!

The son of @JuddmonteFarms FRANKEL (GB) & half-brother to REBEL’S ROMANCE earns a second Gr.1 win after success in the Jebel Hatta.

Well done to Charlie Appleby & owner-breeder @godolphin!

— GBRI (@GBRI_UK) June 8, 2024



Wizard Works His Magic In Belmont Gold Cup

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and The Estate of Albert Frassetto’s The Grey Wizard (Ire) (Caravaggio) closed to take the GII Belmont Gold Cup S. at Saratoga on Thursday (video). Trained by Graham Motion and bred by Longfield Stud, the 5-year-old gelding was winning his first stakes race.

Consigned by Whitehall Stud to the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, he brought £78,000 from Joseph O’Brien. For O’Brien and Niall and Cathal Slevin, he won once in two starts in Ireland, before making his way to the U.S. for new connections. The fourth foal and third winner for his dam, the Galileo (Ire) mare Fancy (Ire), he is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Fancy Man (Ire) (Pride Of Dubai {Aus}), who placed six times at the group level. Fancy, a daughter of G3 Park Express S. winner Danehill Music (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), foaled New York Minute (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in 2022, but the colt has yet to race.

Previously at stud in Ireland and Kentucky, Caravaggio has 18 winners from 35 runners (51%) in the U.S. His six stakes winners in the U.S. (17%) are anchored by GI Diana S. winner Whitebeam (GB) and GIII La Jolla H. scorer Maltese Falcon (Ire).


What a finish!

The Grey Wizard just nabs the Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes for @ljlmvel and

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 6, 2024


Ten Sovereigns Colt Wins At The Spa

Gary Barber and Team Valor International, LLC’s Mansa Musa (Ire) (Ten Sovereigns {Ire}) won for the second time in seven starts at Saratoga on Saturday (video). Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the two-time stakes-placed colt was bred by Middlelane Farm.

A frequent visitor to the sales ring, the colt was picked up by Camas Park Stud for 60,000gns out of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2021. Sent through the same ring a year later, he made 55,000gns on the bid of Star Bloodstock and Byron Rogers. Re-offered in March of 2023 at the Goffs Goffs Dubai Breeze-Up Sale, Mansa Musa was a €49,383 buy-back. A winner in two starts for Diego Dias and owner Matt Eves, the colt was purchased by his current ownership group prior to seconds in the G3 Round Tower S. and Listed Blenheim S. last year. His dam, Sundiata (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), is a granddaughter of G2 Dahlia H. heroine Didina (GB) (Nashwan), and this is also the extended family of G1 Dubai Duty Free winner and sires Cityscape (GB) and Bated Breath (GB), who won the G2 Temple S. and was placed thrice at the highest level. His dam has a juvenile filly by Australia (GB) and a yearling colt by Saxon Warrior (Jpn) to come.

Coolmore’s Ten Sovereigns has sired four winners from six starters (66%) in the U.S., with three of his winners placing in stakes, with Loterie (Ire) and Irish Gent (Ire) joining Mansa Musa.

Repeat Winners

More Making Waves ink found its way to Chili Flag (Fr) (Cityscape {GB}) in the GI Just A Game S. at Saratoga on Friday (video). The 5-year-old mare, trained by Chad Brown, is owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Michael Dubb and Michael Kisber.


CHILI FLAG surges down the stretch to win the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes with @iradortiz aboard for trainer Chad Brown.

That’s 4⃣ wins for Irad!

— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) June 7, 2024

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