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Runnymede Graduates Make Mark on Two Continents

Dancing DavidDancing David and Awesome Gem earned significant stakes credentials over the last week, with the former aiming at European classics and the latter enhancing his career bankroll to nearly $2-million.

A son of Danehill Dancer bred by Runnymede and carrying the silks of Catesby W. Clay, Dancing David raced close to the early pace and ran on strongly to finish second in the Craven Stakes (G3) at Newmarket on April 15. Trainer Brian Meehan said he was encouraged by the effort in the one-mile race that is a premier prep for England’s Two Thousand Guineas (G1) and will consider the Prix du Jockey Club (G1), also known as the French Derby, for the colt’s next start.

“I'm very pleased with him. He got a bit of a slow start but he kept on very nicely. We think he might need to step up to a mile and a quarter,” Meehan said.

Produced by the Seeking the Gold mare Seek Easy and from the prolific family of champion Fanfreluche, whose many stellar descendants around the world include sires Encosta de Lago and Kheleyf, Dancing David has a yearling half brother by top young sire Oasis Dream.

Awesome GemMeanwhile, in the United States, Awesome Gem streaked from near the back of a ten-horse field to finish second in the $1-million Charles Town Classic Stakes at Charles Town Races on April 17. With the $200,000 he gained for his owner, West Point Thoroughbreds, Awesome Gem improved his career earnings to $1,925,682, making him one of the top earners racing in America today.

Bred by Runnymede, Catesby W. Clay and Peter Callahan, Awesome Gem has proved to be a courageous, consistent and versatile competitor at the highest level. A multiple Grade 2 winner by Awesome Again, Awesome Gem has placed in Grade 1 events on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces.

“He has been a great horse for us and we are extremely excited about his 2010 campaign,” West Point President Terry Finley said.