American Ideal, New York’s number one money-winning pacing sire—and among the top three in North America—had yet another impressive siring weekend with his progeny making headlines from Lexington to New York City.
During the opening week of Lexington’s Red Mile Grand Circuit meet, his 3-year-old son American Mercury p,3,1:49.3 ($631,443) won his division of the $267,000 Bluegrass Stakes, a race that attracts all the best in the division.
In 13 starts this year he has never been off the board, and he sports seven stakes wins that include the $500,000 Messenger Final. He came into the Bluegrass off placings the week before in both the elim and final of the Little Brown Jug.
Purchased as a Lexington Selected yearling for $170,000 from the Hunterton Sales Agency consignment, he is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice and trained by Chris Oakes.
At Yonkers Raceway in New York, Marvin Katz, American History Racing and Brittany’s American History p,3,1:47 ($772,776) equaled the all-age track record by scoring in sizzling 1:49.3 in a 4-year-old Open Handicap Pace.
The week previous he won the $150,000 Quillen Memorial Invitational Pace at Harrington.
The 4-year-old Tony Alagna trainee was bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms and should his streak continue, he comes ever closer to becoming the 40th millionaire bred by the farm.