Hymn Book (near): bred on the same Arch - Known Fact cross as South African champion OverarchingPICTURE: Joe Ganley/EquiSport photos
New Grade 1 winner
for versatile Arch
Saturday; Gulfstream Park
Donn Handicap (Grade 1), 1m1f, dirt, 4yo+
HYMN BOOK (g 6 Arch - Vespers by Known Fact)
Bred by Stuart S. Janney III
FEW stallions are as versatile as Arch, a point which was driven home again on Saturday when Shug McGaughey's Hymn Book ran down Mission Impazible (Unbridled's Song) to win the Donn Handicap.
The Stuart Janney-homebred became the eighth Group/Grade 1 winner for Arch, who previously hit the heights in America by siring brilliant dirt performers Blame and Pine Island. The son of Kris S has also endeared himself to international buyers through top turf performers Les Arcs, Overarching and Arch Swing.
Arch, who is from the further family of Green Desert and Bertolini, enjoyed his finest moment on the track when successful in the 1998 Grade 1 Super Derby for Frank Brothers. He stands for $30,000 at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, his home since his retirement to stud in 1999.
Bred on the same Known Fact cross as Group1 Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Overarching, Hymn Book is out of dual restricted stakes heroine Vespers, a sister to minor stakes winner Database. A granddaughter of the Grade 3-placed Songlines, Vespers is from the further family of Grade 2 winner KumariContinent (by Kris S) and 2003 Cheveley Park Stakes third Badminton.
Vespers has a two-year-old colt by War Front named Surging and a yearling filly by Malibu Moon.
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Grade 1), 1m1f, 4yo+
GET STORMY (6 h Stormy Atlantic - Foolish Gal by Kiri's Clown)
Bred by Mary A. Sullivan
GET Stormy, one of two North American Grade 1 winners by Stormy Atlantic, captured his third Grade 1 in his event, scoring by half-a-length over Hollinger.
Although only a minor stakes-winning sprinter, Stormy Atlantic was afforded a chance at stud in Florida due to his exceptional pedigree; by Storm Cat, he is out of Grade 1 winner Hail Atlantis, a Seattle Slew granddaughter of American champion Moccasin.
A quick start with his runners saw Stormy Atlantic moved in 2004 to Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky, where he is standing 2012 for $40,000.
Get Stormy is the best performer within two generations of his family.