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Havre De Grace wins the Azeri Stakes

Havre De Grace: from the family of champion sprinter Plugged Nickle

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First Grade 1 winner for sole Saint Liam crop

THE SOLE crop sired by ill-fated Breeders' Cup Classic hero Saint Liam yielded its first Grade 1 winner on Friday when his daughter Havre De Grace landed the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

Havre De Grace, a four-year-old trained by Larry Jones, ran on to demote two daughters of Quiet American, Switch and Absinthe Minded, to second and third places in the 1m½f contest for fillies and mares aged four and older.

Saint Liam, voted 2005 horse of the year, was put down after suffering a fractured hind leg in a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky in August 2006 after covering his first and only book of mares at a fee of $50,000.

The son of Saint Ballado had got 115 mares in foal and finished eighth in the table of leading freshmen in the US in 2009.
Havre De Grace, who beat Blind Luck to win the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes in October, is one of four stakes winners sired by Saint Liam.

She was bred by Nancy Dillman out of Easter Bunnette, a winning daughter of Carson City and Grade 2-placed Toll Fee, a half-sister to champion sprinter Plugged Nickle.

Easter Bunnette is a half-sister to The Bink, the Grade 3-placed dam of dual Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes winner Riskaverse.

Havre De Grace was bought by her current owner Fox Hill Farms for $380,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale.




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