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Over The 1000th Win Mark

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Trippi Update – Over The 1000th Win Mark

Trippi Filly Sells For $340 000



It’s been an amazing month and as the Highveld feature season opens there is even more to come. It kicks off right away with a double feature of the Dubai World Cup and the massive Turffontein Classic Day on Saturday. I was going to report on how well Captain Al, Dynasty and Count Dubois have fared recently but having looked at the weekend’s race cards decided to leave that to Monday as much may change by then. Suffice to say that I saw a 2yo filly by Captain Al beat her rivals unextended by 5 lengths at Kenilworth yesterday conceding 3 kgs all round. The Ramsden trained Leeward appears to be a talented girl.

We’ve been writing quite a lot about Count Dubois current crop of 3yo’s. Dean Kannemeyer trains an extremely progressive looking and handsome chap for former American Ambassador April Glaspie. Coasting Avalanche has only been to the racecourse 5 times and has won his last 3 and been placed. In beating the much vaunted Lake Arthur yesterday he gave notice of his future prospects and we’ll be looking for him in the Cape winter features.


In the meantime, I have very exciting news about the hot new addition to our portfolio – TRIPPI!!! This one was hot property when he was initially purchased. The chaps in Florida that allowed themselves to be persuaded to accept the offer to sell him to SA must be kicking themselves. He has gone from strength to strength – he had been champion sire in Florida when they sold him. He’d made significant enough impact to warrant higher honours in USA at the time. No sooner were his 1st crop born in SA than he sired a Gr2 winner at Royal Ascot rewarding his backers with a major TURF win – crucial as that was. Then came R Heat Lightning’s superb back to back Gr1 performances which culminated in her being rated the 2nd highest earning juvenile in America last season and she followed that up by opening her account as the 2nd highest rated 3yo this season to date. The same went for his top juvenile colt Gourmet Dinner – one of the best 2yo colts in USA last year and is 2nd leading 3yo this season so far and has contributed almost $1m to his Sire’s bank account.


Even more exciting was that as we reported in a previous eNews, he took an early lead in the USA stallion log as leading sire overall and at the same time franked his form as 2nd leading sire of stakes winners. I wanted to see how well he has done on the turf side of things and was delighted to see that he is 2nd leading sire of turf horses by stakes in the first quarter of this season and leads that list by numbers of winners on all surfaces.


Next came the news that a Trippi filly out of Burn Brightly sold for $340 000 at the Ocala Breeders sale – the sale toppers included a daughter of AP Indy’s new son Bernardini followed by a daughter of Medaglio d’Oro (she was the 4th highest priced filly); a full sister to Dream of Angels who won 5 from 9 starts at 2 and 3, incl 3 stakes races. This filly, lot 407 in their catalogue, represents a virtual outcross with single repeats of Nasrullah and Native Dancer in the 5th and 6th generations.

The Ocala catalogue update shows that Trippi has now passed the 1000 mark in wins and has amassed close to US$27m in progeny earnings to date. His figures show high soundness and high win ratios. He has a Champion and 26 individual black type winners and 29 black type placers – 5 of his stakes winners have been recorded in the first 3 months of this year. I like the way they write up the sire paragraphs in their catalogues and have an updated copy from Equineline for your enjoyment – easy to follow – especially in that they give the stakes and grade of races won by each of the top runners:

TRIPPI (1997). Black-type winner of $666,220, Vosburgh S. [G1], etc. Sire of 7 crops of racing age, 629 foals, 406 starters, 26 black-type winners, 29 black type placers, 1 champion, 315 winners of 1010 races and earning $26 777 152, including R Heat Lightning ($622,800, Spinaway S. [G1] (SAR, $150,000), etc.), Trippi’s Storm ($370,618, Kelso H. [G2] (BEL, $150,000), etc.), Jealous Again ($133,032, Queen Mary S. [G2], etc.), Gourmet Dinner [G3] ($909,- 660), Miss Macy Sue [G3] ($880,915), Let It Rock [G3] ($206,220).

Detail of his winners and stakes performers in the past 2 months are attached – note the wide range of damsire’s that has worked for him.

Trippi - Progeny

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