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Brazilian-bred Einstein captures Big Cap

EINSTEIN (6 h Spend A Buck - Gay Charm)

EINSTEIN proved that he is just as talented on an artificial surface as he is on turf and dirt on Saturday with a dominant display to take Santa Anita's signature event.

The Brazilian-bred is from the penultimate crop of Spend A Buck, who died from anaphylactic shock following a penicillin injection at Haras Bago de Sul in Brazil in November 2002.

US Horse of the Year Spend A Buck, who won the 1985 Kentucky Derby and Monmouth Handicap, sired triple Grade 1 winner Antespend - later the dam of Florida Derby winner and sire Friend's Lake - and Peruvian Horse of the Year Black Coffey during his time at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky.

But by 2001, he had been relegated to the Louisiana market and was consequently sold to Brazil, where he had stood for several southern hemisphere seasons.

Despite his death just a year later, Spend A Buck proved tobe hugely successful in South America with nine Group 1 winners to his name.

Remarkably, Einstein is the seventh Group 1 winner by Spend A Buck out of a Ghadeer (Lyphard) mare.

Bred by Fazenda Mondesir, Einstein isout of Gay Charm, the winner of two Group 1 races in Brazil including the Henrique Possolo (1,000 Guineas).

As well as Einstein, she has also produced the Group 3-placed Veracite (Roy) and is the granddam of the Brazilian Group 1 winner Istbeststand (Much Better).

Einstein's third dam is the British-bred Santa Claus mare Merry Sunshine.







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