Stakes placed in the Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes at Sunland last out, GODDARD (Tapit) followed that with a second by a neck in the Inaugural Stakes at Sunray. Today he added to his resume with a 3rd in the SAN JUAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS S at Sunray. He adds black-type once a month!
Goddard is trained by Todd W. Fincher and owned by B. Ray Willis. He was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC. GODDARD was sold by Kirkwood at the 2020 Fasig Tipton sale at Timonium.
Purchased from Kirkwood for $100,000 by Okada Stud at Fasig Tipton Midlantic 2021
Courtesy of the TDN
3rd-Niigata, -9,900,000 ($77,494), Maiden, 1200m, 1:12.1, ft.
LE VERGER (f, 3, Maclean’s Music–Wine Train, by Tiz Wonderful) finished a midfield seventh on her Mar. 5 debut at Hanshin and was the 9-1 fourth choice to show the necessary improvement at second asking. Beaten for speed, Le Verger found a spot slightly ahead of midfield and raced in clear air around the turn. Pulled out towards the center of the strip with a quarter-mile to run, the bay let down nicely, hit the front with about 100 meters to travel and proved 1 1/2 lengths too strong for the competition.
The winner’s dam is a daughter of the stakes-winning Stage Stop (Valid Expectations), herself responsible for SW & GSP Stageplay (Curlin). Wine Train was sold for $25,000 at KEENOV in 2019 and produced the Carpe Diem filly Rafanelli in 2020. She was most recently bred to Instagrand.
Sales history: $31,000 Ylg ’20 KEEJAN; $50,000 RNA Ylg ’20 KEESEP; $100,000 2yo ’21 FTMMAY.
Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $40,644.
O-Normandy Thoroughbred Racing
B-Robert & Lawana Low (KY)
; T-Haruki Sugiyama.
CONUNDRUM QUEEN (Hard Spun) was claimed last out by her new connections trainer Jose Francisco D’Angelo and owners Gu Racing Stable, LLC and ProRacing Stable, LLC. She proved to be an excellent claim winning in her first start back in a starter allowance at a mile on the turf at Gulfstream. The filly was prepped and sold by Kirkwood for $110,000 at Fasig Tipton Timonium.