Mr Bowling: his sire, French winner and US Grade 3 scorer Istan, stands for jusr $3,500 at Airdrie StudPICTURE: Liesl King/Thoroughbred News
Fair Grounds stakes sweep for Airdrie Stud
IT was all about Kentucky breeder Brereton C. Jones on Saturday at Fair Grounds in America as horses bred and belonging to the Airdrie Stud owner captured the day's stakesraces.
And not only were both horses - Mr Bowling and Believe You Can - trained by Larry Jones but are by stallions based at Airdrie in Istan and Proud Citizen.
Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes winner Mr Bowling is the firststakes winner from the 40-strong crop of Istan, who was a triple winner and Listed-placed in France before developing into a Grade 3-winning miler in the US. Istan's European ties go deeper than his stint in France since he is out of the 1999 Falmouth Stakes heroine Ronda (by Bluebird) and from the family of Mill Reef.
Istan stands for just $3,500 at Airdrie Stud.
Mr Bowling is the best of five winners out of Goldilock's Bear, a triple-winning Irish Tower half-sister to Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational winner Tarlow, who was also bred by Jones.
Jones' Silverbulletday winner Believe You Can is a daughter of one of Airdrie's more established stallions in Proud Citizen, who, like Istan, is a son of Gone West.
The 2002 Kentucky Derby runner-up is the sire of 15 stakes winners including the 2008 champion Proud Spell, another product of the Jones owner and trainer alliance. He also sired River Proud, a high-class colt for Paul Cole.
After standing for a high of $30,000 in 2009, Proud Citizen is available at Airdrie this year for $7,500.
Believe You Can is a half-sister to a minor winner and out of El Fasto, an unraced El Prado half-sister to Grade 2 winner Classic Elegance.
Airdrie Stud is standing ten stallions this season. The farm, which was once the home of Silver Hawk, suffered a major blow late last year with the death of marquee stallion Indian Charlie.