One of Runnymede’s most eagerly awaited foals also became the first to be born at the farm this season—a filly who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Jaycito, who is among the highest rated candidates for the Triple Crown series.
By Proud Citizen, the bay filly was delivered by our multiple stakes-placed Ascot Knight mare Night Edition on February 10 and immediately impressed everyone at the farm.
We are delighted with Night Edition’s filly. She appears well conformed, is of medium size and is full of personality,” said General Manager Martin O’Dowd.
“Being the first arrival on the farm this season and given the notoriety of her brother, all the members of the farm staff have made the foaling barn their first stop. The filly is being lavished with attention and she seems to love it.”
Jaycito won last year’s Norfolk Stakes (G1) and finished second in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) while still a maiden. Owned by Zayat Stables, the charismatic Victory Gallop colt was sent off as the third choice in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) but reportedly suffered several cracked teeth when his bit slipped, and he swerved to the middle of the track entering the backstretch, forfeiting all chance.
Previously conditioned by Mike Mitchell, Jaycito is now trained by Bob Baffert, who has saddled nine classic winners, including four horses who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown: Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Point Given and War Emblem.
Baffert announced on February 11 that Jaycito is set to make his first start of the year in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (G3) over seven furlongs at Santa Anita Park on February 20.
Meanwhile, Night Edition will be caring for her new daughter and getting ready for her next mating. Runnymede has exciting plans for the 13-year-old gray mare—just like Horse of the Year Zenyatta, she will be bred to Darley’s champion Bernardini, the third leading freshman sire of 2010.
Night Edition was a tough and sound competitor on the racetrack. In four seasons of racing, she won or placed 15 times, including placing in three stakes, and she earned $274,014.