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Running Stag: High Cotton's first winner is out of his half-sister

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High Cotton off the mark at Churchill Downs

US FRESHMAN sire High Cotton got off the mark on Thursday when his son Tarpy’s Goal won a 5f maiden special weight at Churchill Downs by two and three quarters of a length.

Tarpy’s Goal was bred in Florida by bloodstock agent Chad Schumer and Racing Post bloodstock journalist Nancy Sexton.

He is the fifth winner produced by the Exbourne mare Terre Des Hommes, a half-sister to multiple Graded stakes scorer Running Stag.

Tarpy’s Goal was bought by trainer Dale Romans on behalf of owner Mike Tarp for $70,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March two-year-olds in training sale.

High Cotton, a son of Dixie Union out of the A.P. Indy mare Happy Tune, won the Grade 3 Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs and ran second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and Ohio Derby.

High Cotton stands at Ocala Stud in Florida at a fee of $2,500. He has 42 two-year-olds in his first crop.




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