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First winner for Breeders' Cup hero Wilko

JUVENILE colt Singing My Way on Friday became the first winner for his freshman sire Wilko, the British-trained winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Trained by Edward Pleasa Jr for owner Mel Paikoff, Singing My Way won a 4½f race at Calder by half a length from the West Acre colt Western Sunshine.

Singing My Way was bred in Florida by Pam Allen and is the first foal out of the winning Slew City Slew mare Gingerbread. He was bought for $22,000 at the OBS April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Wilko was trained by Jeremy Noseda at two to finish placed in the Chesham, Superlative, Vintage, Washington Singer and Royal Lodge Stakes before beating star names including Afleet Alex, Consolidator and Roman Ruler to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Lone Star Park.

Subsequently the subject of a majority purchase by J Paul Reddam and switched to be trained in America by Craig Dollase, Wilko never won again but he did run third in the Hollywood Futurity, Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Handicap, and was a gallant second to Electrocutionist in the Dubai World Cup at four.

Wilko - a son of Awesome Again out of the Irish-bred Indian Ridge mare Native Roots - stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs. Starting out in Florida, he spent 2010 in Kentucky before being moved to Adena's Canadian arm this year.

 

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