Three runners bred by Runnymede and farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay won races on May 10, just four days after another farm graduate found the winner’s circle to begin a remarkable streak of victories.
Luna Island, a three-year-old filly by Stormy Atlantic out of Pleasant Laughter, by Coronado’s Quest, became the first Runnymede-bred to score when she prevailed after a long duel in a six-furlong allowance race at Penn National on May 6.
The win marked the second in Luna Island’s consistent young career that also features two seconds and three thirds. The dark bay, who races for owner James Wolf and trainer Timothy Kreiser, already has bankrolled more than double her sale price at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling auction.
Luna Island is the first foal out of Pleasant Laughter, who won four races and was twice stakes-placed in New York while earning $172,007. Clay has Pleasant Laughter’s handsome two-year-old colt by First Samurai, recently named Sokitumi Samurai, in training, and the mare foaled an Exchange Rate filly on April 12.
Pleasant Laughter is from the immediate family of champions Sky Classic, Regal Classic, Grey Classic and Classy ‘n Smart as well as Grade 1 winner Always A Classic. The nine-year-old mare has been bred back to Afleet Alex.
Kidding, a three-year-old filly by Lemon Drop Kid out of Kith N Kin, by Spinning World, led the parade of Runnymede winners on May 10 when she fought off the pacesetter to gamely win an about one-mile race on turf at Indiana Downs. Racing for leading national owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss, Kidding earned her second win to join three seconds and one third in 11 career starts.
Bred by Runnymede in partnership with the Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust, Kidding is the first foal of her dam, who is from the illustrious female family of Blushing Groom and Runnymede-bred Japanese champion Agnes Digital, an earner of more than $8-million. Kith N Kin’s juvenile colt by Rock Hard Ten has been named Upon This Rock and will race for Clay and Callahan, and the mare—who is due to foal now to cover of Purim—has been booked to Pleasantly Perfect.
Meanwhile, the other runners to win on May 10 were Menifee Six, a six-year-old Menifee gelding out of Count to Six, by Saratoga Six, and Babes Bridge It, a five-year-old Maria’s Mon mare out of Dixie Bust, by Dixieland Band. Both were bred by Clay, with Menifee Six being co-bred with Arthur Hancock.
Menifee Six rallied from last early while going a mile at Penn National to notch the fifth victory of his career, while Babes Bridge It set the pace and drew off to win her one-mile race on turf to mark the second triumph of her life.