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Shock Grade 1 win for Silver Deputy's Pool Play

POOL PLAY, a six-year-old son of Silver Deputy, caused a major upset by winning Saturday's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on his 28th career start and his first on dirt.

The outsider of the whole field turned for home in the 1m1f contest at Churchill Downs in last position but came with a storming late run nine horses wide to nail Mission Impazible (by Unbridled's Song) by a neck in the dying strides. It was his first Grade 1 victory.

Pool Play was bred by Windfields Farm in Ontario, Canada, and races for Bill Farish. He had been trained by Mark Casse to make most of his starts on the Polytrack at Woodbine and his last three starts had come on turf.

Pool Play is by the Deputy Minister stallion Silver Deputy, who was retired from covering duties at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky in 2008 at the age of 23.

The sire is best known for producing Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Kentucky Oaks heroine Silverbulletday, Donn Handicap winner Spring At Last and high-class sprinter Posse.

Pool Play is out of the winning Cox's Ridge mare Zuri Ridge, making him a half-brother to Listed-placed Swift Wings. Zuri Ridge is a half-sister to Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup handicap and Diana handicap winner Voodoo Dancer, from the family of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Singletary.

Windfields sold Pool Play for $60,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November foal sale, the horse was bought by Geathers Racing Stable for $625,000 at the following year's Keeneland September yearling sale, and he was purchased by Farish for $180,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November sale.

 

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